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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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for guised

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 guised

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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