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 94,925 square miles (245,856 square kilometers), population 10,629,000

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

Examples of guinea in a Sentence

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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 Situated in the old coal cellar at 44 Berkeley Square beneath the Clermont Club, a gambling den famously frequented by Lord Lucan, Annabel’s was funded by 500 of Birley’s friends, who stumped up five guineas a year to become life members. Pascal Chevallier, Vogue, "The Reinvention of Annabel’s, London’s Legendary Nightclub," 19 Mar. 2018 Every visual gag Jerry uses on an audience is guinea-pigged on me first. Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "When Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Made a Name for Themselves," 29 Oct. 2017 Among breeds making a comeback are the compact-sized guinea hog, known for its generous back fat. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "America Has a Bacon Problem: Our Pigs Aren’t Fat Enough," 28 July 2017 In 1990, conservationists located just 50 guineas in the U.S., says the Livestock Conservancy. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "America Has a Bacon Problem: Our Pigs Aren’t Fat Enough," 28 July 2017 Katie will show Holland Lops, a small breed of rabbits, and Cavy guinea pigs at the fair. Margarita Cambest,, "The 137th Maryland State Fair promises mix of old and new," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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The first known use of guinea was in 1664

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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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