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