What does guise mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guise, pretense, pretence, pretextnoun

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"


  1. guisenoun

    Customary way of speaking or acting; fashion, manner, practice (.)

  2. guisenoun

    External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape.

  3. guisenoun

    Misleading appearance; cover, cloak

    Under the guise of patriotism

  4. guisenoun


    Sup guise

  5. Etymology: From guise, gise, gyse, from guisse, guise, vise, from Old, from wīsōn, from weyd-. Cognate with wisa, wise. More at wise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Guise [The same with wise;noun

    Etymology: guise, French; wisa , Saxon, the ƿ or w being changed as is common into g.

    His own sire, and master of his guise,
    Did often tremble at his horrid view. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Thus women know, and thus they use the guise,
    T’ enchant the valiant and beguile the wise. Edward Fairfax, b. iv.

    Lo you! here she comes: this is her very guise; and, upon my life, fast asleep: observe her, stand close. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They stand a horrid front
    Of dreadful length, and dazzling arms, in guise
    Of warriors old, with order’d spear and shield,
    Awaiting what command their mighty chief
    Had to impose. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    By their guise
    Just men they seem, and all their study bent
    To worship God a-right. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Back, shepherds, back;
    Here be without duck or nod,
    Other trippings to be trod,
    Of lighter toes and such court guise,
    As Mercury did first devise. John Milton.

    Their external shapes are notoriously accommodated to that law or guise of life that nature has designed them. More.

    This would not be slept;
    Old guise must be kept. Ben Jonson.

    The swain reply’d, it never was our guise
    To slight the poor, or aught humane despise. Alexander Pope.

    When I was very young, nothing was so much talked of as rickets among children, and consumptions among young people: after these the spleen came in play, and then the scurvy, which was the general complaint, and both were thought to appear in many various guises. William Temple.

    The Hugonots were engaged in a civil war, by the specious pretences of some, who, under the guise of religion, sacrificed so many thousands to their own ambition. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Guise

    Guise (French pronunciation: ​[ɡɥiz]; Dutch: Wieze) is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The city was the birthplace of the noble family of Guise, Dukes of Guise, who later became Princes of Joinville.


  1. guise

    Guise is an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something. It can refer to a way of seeming or looking that is not true or real. It can also refer to a form of dress or outfit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guisenoun

    customary way of speaking or acting; custom; fashion; manner; behavior; mien; mode; practice; -- often used formerly in such phrases as: at his own guise; that is, in his own fashion, to suit himself

  2. Guisenoun

    external appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape

  3. Guisenoun

    cover; cloak; as, under the guise of patriotism

  4. Etymology: [OE. guise, gise, way, manner, F. guise, fr. OHG. wsa, G. weise. See Wise, n.]


  1. Guise

    Guise is a commune in the Aisne department in Picardy in northern France.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guise

    gīz, n. manner, behaviour: external appearance: dress.—v.t. (arch.) to dress.—v.i. to act as a guiser.—ns. Guis′er (Scot.), Guis′ard, a person in disguise: a Christmas mummer. [O. Fr. guise; from Old High Ger. wísa (Ger. weise), a way, guise, which is cog. with A.S. wíse, way, wís, wise.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Guise

    a celebrated French ducal family deriving its title from the town of Guise in Aisne.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GUISE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Guise is ranked #19774 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Guise surname appeared 1,361 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Guise.

    79% or 1,076 total occurrences were White.
    15.8% or 215 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guise in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of guise in a Sentence

  1. Scott Walter:

    John Arnold's millions have propped up many left-wing causes but none so dangerous as the woke justice movement that has decimated New York, the groups Arnold funds peddle utopian pipe dreams under the guise of progressive reform.

  2. Cherise Trump:

    We often see attempts on campuses to compel speech under the guise of 'inclusion'. Policies like these can put students in situations where they no longer feel they are able to speak freely. This type of policy opens the door for a culture of censorship.

  3. William Thatcher:

    Free speech on campus is not limited to a 'free speech zone' or any other narrowly defined area, those disagreeing with the students' message have a right to their own speech, but they do not have the right to erase or stifle someone else's speech under the guise of their own right to free speech.

  4. Scott Walter:

    The groups Arnold funds peddle utopian pipe dreams under the guise of progressive reform, but the victims won't be billionaires like him. They'll disproportionately be poor people of color.

  5. Elizabeth Stuart:

    There is no data on the value of data, it blows my mind that we do all this policymaking and planning based on guesstimates and extrapolations and interpolations behind the guise of empiricism.

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