guinea

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noun guin·ea \ˈgi-nē\

Definition of guinea

  1. 1 :  an English gold coin issued from 1663 to 1813 and fixed in 1717 at 21 shillings

  2. 2 :  a unit of value equal to one pound and one shilling

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Origin and Etymology of guinea

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

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Guinea

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geographical name Guin·ea \ˈgi-nē\
variants: or French

Guinée

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Definition of Guinea

  1. 1 region of western Africa bordering on the Atlantic from Gambia (on the north) to Angola (on the south)

  2. 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

Guinean

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GUINEA Defined for English Language Learners

guinea

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Definition of guinea for English Language Learners

  • : an old British coin worth 21 shillings

Guinea

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geographical name

Definition of Guinea for English Language Learners

  • : country in Africa

  • the Gulf of Guinea : part of the Atlantic Ocean


GUINEA Defined for Kids

guinea

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noun guin·ea \ˈgi-nē\

Definition of guinea for Students

  1. :  an old British gold coin


Guinea

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geographical name Guin·ea \ˈgi-nē\

Definition of Guinea for Students

  1. country W Africa N of Sierra Leone & Liberia; capital, Conakry


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