[ gahyd-lahyn ]
/ ˈgaɪdˌlaɪn /


any guide or indication of a future course of action: guidelines on the government's future policy.
a lightly marked line used as a guide, as in composing a drawing, a typed page, or a line of lettering.
a rope or cord that serves to guide one's steps, especially over rocky terrain, through underground passages, etc.
a rope or wire used in guiding the movement of stage scenery or curtains being raised or lowered.

Origin of guideline

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; guide + line1

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British Dictionary definitions for guideline

/ (ˈɡaɪdˌlaɪn) /


a principle put forward to set standards or determine a course of action