English - Etymology
Originated 1325–75 from the Middle English verb giden or noun gide, from the Old French verb guider or noun guide, from Old Provençal guida, from guidar, from Germanic, from Frankish [script needed] (*witan, “to show the way”). Akin to Old English witan (“to know”); see Proto-Indo-European *weyd-.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ɡaɪd/
- Rhymes: -aɪd
English - Noun
- Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation.
- A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook.
- A sign that guides people; guidepost.
- Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference.
- A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action.
- (occult) A spirit believed to speak through a medium.
- (military) A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.
English - Verb
- to serve as a guide for someone or something; to lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path.
- to steer or navigate, especially a ship or as a pilot.
- to exert control or influence over someone or something.
- to supervise the education or training of someone.
- (intransitive) to act as a guide.
English - References
French - Etymology
From Old French, borrowed from Old Provençal guida, from the verb guidar, ultimately of Germanic origin, possibly through Medieval Latin; cf. Frankish *witan. Supplanted the older Old French guier, of the same origin. Compare Italian guida, Spanish guía. See guider for more information.
French - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ɡid/
French - Noun
French - References
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Italian - Noun
Old French - Noun
Old Irish - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ˈɡuðʲe/