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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guise \Guise\ (g[imac]z), n. [OE. guise, gise, way, manner, F. guise, fr. OHG. w[imac]sa, G. weise. See Wise, n.] 1. 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The swain replied, "It never was our guise To slight the poor, or aught humane despise." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape. [1913 Webster] As then the guise was for each gentle swain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] A . . . specter, in a far more terrific guise than any which ever yet have overpowered the imagination. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 3. Cover; cloak; as, under the guise of patriotism. [1913 Webster]