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

Definition of guinea

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of Guinea (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

Examples of guinea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Amazon comedy starring Waller-Bridge as a finding-her-way guinea-pig-café owner, which some pundits saw as a dangerous threat to the incumbents, debuted in the summer of 2016. Dan Snierson,, "Fleabag stuns again, wins Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series," 23 Sep. 2019 In honor of the show’s 11 Emmy nominations, Amazon has created a Los Angeles pop-up that channels the titular character’s guinea-pig-themed cafe with gusto. Caroline Tew,, "You can hold adorable guinea pigs at Fleabag-inspired pop-up cafe in Los Angeles," 7 Aug. 2019 Each guinea is made with time, personal attention and love, and each is unique in its own way. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "I Cannot Stop Talking About These French Ceramic Hens," 26 July 2019 Pictured above, three American guinea hogs race around the track during pig races at the Orange County Fair in 2011. Los Angeles Times, "Pig wrangling out, greased watermelons are in at longtime county fair event," 22 July 2019 Highlights at this week’s market include a variety of eggs (chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea and quail), storage crops and huge selection of pork cuts. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Take an urban food tour, get your rhubarb fix, plus fresh greens and radishes," 7 June 2019 Governors general like the Earl of Minto, Viscount Monck and Lord Byng of Vimy may somewhere be regretting not reaching into their pockets for 10 guineas. New York Times, "The Stanley Cup’s Namesake Produced a Great Trophy. Not Much Else.," 28 May 2018 The first prize - a cup valued at 100 guineas - was won by the English yacht Gaily, six minutes and 38 seconds ahead of Silvie. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its 80th running, Queen's Cup sailboat race still providing plenty of thrills, challenges," 23 June 2018 The bowties are made from pheasant, guinea, rooster, goose and other fowl feathers. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "From bow ties to blow outs, it's time to begin sprucing up for the Kentucky Derby 2018," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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15 Nov 2019

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“Guinea.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of guinea

: an old British coin worth 21 shillings


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

Kids Definition of guinea

: an old British gold coin

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