guin·​ea | \ ˈgi-nē How to pronounce guinea (audio) \

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

Examples of guinea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dogs, turtles and guinea pigs tied for first place with two votes. Christina Barron, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 Whether it’s masks or transgenderism, children ought not to be guinea pigs for activist causes. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 8 May 2022 Some which include lessening the transmission of measles, mumps, and has shown to inhibit the spread of tuberculosis by 70% after being tested on guinea pigs in an experiment. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Animal Control officials found nearly 30 guinea pigs behind a Walmart in Florida. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2022 Customers become guinea pigs upon which product kinks are worked out in real time. Alyson Shontell, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 The list does include guinea pigs, chinchillas, bearded dragons, sugar gliders and hamsters. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2022 Bearded dragons dominated the South, while guinea pigs were popular from coast to coast. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Sweden sacrificed its seniors to the pandemic and used its schoolchildren as guinea pigs. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of guinea

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guinea

Guinea, Africa, supposed source of the gold from which it was made

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19 May 2022

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guin·​ea | \ ˈgi-nē How to pronounce guinea (audio) \

Kids Definition of guinea

: an old British gold coin

Guinea geographical name

Guin·​ea | \ ˈgi-nē How to pronounce Guinea (audio) \
variants: or French Guinée \ gē-​ˈnā How to pronounce Guinea (audio) \

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 94,926 square miles (245,857 square kilometers), population 11,855,000

Other Words from guinea

Guinean \ ˈgi-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Guinea (audio) \ adjective or noun

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