Definition of guise in US English:



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

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