Definition of guinea
1 : an English gold coin issued from 1663 to 1813 and fixed in 1717 at 21 shillings
2 : a unit of value equal to one pound and one shilling
Recent Examples of guinea from the Web
In Asia this same strain has affected cats, as well as guinea pigs and ferrets, Lukens said.
Beside horses, dogs and rabbits, the animals involved in the center’s program include cats, birds, guinea pigs and even reptiles.
Shortly afterward, the woman found that her eight rabbits and five guinea pigs were missing from the backyard.
A heavily accented English bloke operates a remote-control device to run his human being guinea pig into the ground.
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Origin and Etymology of guinea
Guinea, Africa, supposed source of the gold from which it was made
First Known Use: 1664
Definition of Guinea
1 region of western Africa bordering on the Atlantic from Gambia (on the north) to Angola (on the south)
2 or formerly French Guinea republic in western Africa bordering on the Atlantic; formerly a territory of French West Africa; capital Conakry area 94,925 square miles (245,856 square kilometers), population 10,629,000
Guineanplay \ˈgi-nē-ən\ adjective or noun
GUINEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guinea for English Language Learners
: an old British coin worth 21 shillings
Definition of Guinea for English Language Learners
: country in Africa
the Gulf of Guinea : part of the Atlantic Ocean
GUINEA Defined for Kids
Definition of guinea for Students
: an old British gold coin
Definition of Guinea for Students
country W Africa N of Sierra Leone & Liberia; capital, Conakry
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