Definition of guise in English:



  • An external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something:

    ‘he visited in the guise of an inspector’
    ‘sums paid under the guise of consultancy fees’
    • ‘Their demeanor usually gave them away right off the bat, even if they could assume human guises.’
    • ‘From hilarious scenes to heart-rending arias, the show promises audiences a fun evening with an original take on opera in all its guises.’
    • ‘Sustainability is an old term that has appeared in many guises from time immemorial.’
    • ‘Admittedly, most are floor fillers of some kind yet assuming so many guises has allowed a free rein to experiment.’
    • ‘Martin, we have grown accustomed to seeing your pantomime stooge adopting all manner of superhero guises.’
    • ‘The pattern of ceremonial appearance in the guise of a god is not restricted to females.’
    • ‘They have been presented in so many guises it's hard to know which one to believe.’
    • ‘If I weren't able to assume the guise of different characters, I'd probably have to be put away.’
    • ‘Yet, several aspects of this debate assumed a new guise as a range of complex questions emerged.’
    • ‘Each assumes several guises as they portray several characters in order to tell the tale of one central character.’
    • ‘The next batch of profiteers comes in various guises and shapes.’
    • ‘Now the nuke, in both its civil and military guises, is back.’
    • ‘Germany is a looking-glass land for rockers, a place to slip personae and assume new guises.’
    • ‘Do you consider actors to be outsiders, taking on various guises, heroic, villainous or whatever, to escape from themselves?’
    • ‘He played my life away like a game of charades behind the guise of immaturity and stupidity.’
    • ‘As ever with legend, the lore of the wise-woman presents itself in the guise of history and truth.’
    • ‘They were thought to have dual natures because they appeared only in the guise of morning or evening stars.’
    • ‘For this is what has allowed the government to appear in the guise of Santa Claus.’
    • ‘Amnesties come in many guises, their purpose often unclear.’
    • ‘Yup, he was trying to convert all us shoppers to God under the guise of being a musician.’
    likeness, external appearance, appearance, semblance, form, outward form, shape, image, aspect
    pretence, false show, false front, false display, show, front, facade, illusion, cover, blind, screen, smokescreen, masquerade, posture, pose, act, charade
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Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to wise.