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guise

[gahyz] /gaɪz/
noun
1.
general external appearance; aspect; semblance:
an old principle in a new guise.
2.
assumed appearance or mere semblance:
under the guise of friendship.
3.
style of dress:
in the guise of a shepherd.
4.
Archaic. manner; mode.
verb (used with object), guised, guising.
5.
to dress; attire:
children guised as cowboys.
verb (used without object), guised, guising.
6.
Scot. and North England. to appear or go in disguise.
Origin of guise
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English g(u)ise < Old French < Germanic; see wise2: (v.) Middle English gisen, derivative of the noun
Can be confused
guise, guys.
Synonyms
1. form, shape. See appearance.

Guise

[geez] /giz/
noun
1.
François de Lorraine
[frahn-swa duh law-ren] /frɑ̃ˈswa də lɔˈrɛn/ (Show IPA),
2nd Duc de, 1519–63, French general and statesman.
2.
his son, Henri I de Lorraine
[ahn-ree] /ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA),
Duc de, 1550–88, French general and leader of opposition to the Huguenots.
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  • Faith, but is it true that the Duke of guise is indeed coming this way?

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • His first visit to the Morton apartment that day had been in the guise of a workman.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • He was obliged to raise the siege of Metz, which was gallantly defended by the Duke of guise.

  • For the first time, he saw the woman whom he had loved, in her rightful woman's guise.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • It is not its power, but its treachery that is dreadful—the guise of friendship hiding a baleful purpose underneath.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for guise

guise

/ɡaɪz/
noun
1.
semblance or pretence: under the guise of friendship
2.
external appearance in general
3.
(archaic) manner or style of dress
4.
(obsolete) customary behaviour or manner
verb
5.
(dialect) to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress
6.
(transitive) (archaic) to dress or dress up
Word Origin
C13: from Old French guise, of Germanic origin; see wise²
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Word Origin and History for guise
n.

late 13c., "style or fashion of attire," from Old French guise "manner, fashion, way," from Frankish *wisa or some similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German wisa "manner, wise;" see wise (n.)). Sense of "assumed appearance" is from 1660s, from earlier meaning "mask, disguise" (c.1500).

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