guinea

noun
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

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 (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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Other Words from guinea

Geographical name

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

Examples of guinea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a while, the fake followers start to capture the attention of real people, and brands, who believe that Bilton’s guinea pigs have become genuinely popular. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "How to Fake Friends and Influence Instagram," 1 Feb. 2021 One of my daughters had some guinea pigs and the other one had a turtle. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "Governor offers help to Alabama towns hit by killer tornado," 27 Jan. 2021 For example, female rabbits, guinea pigs and rats are known to develop ovarian and/or uterine cancer. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Exotic pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets and birds need regular vet care, just like cats and dogs," 27 Jan. 2021 African Americans, for instance, may be hesitant to trust a public health community that so recently treated them as guinea pigs. Jacob M. Appel, Star Tribune, "What do we ethically owe those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine?," 19 Jan. 2021 There are other pets that are much less expensive and easier to care for: Hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, lizards (and cats!). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: 11-year-old wants help procuring a pandemic puppy," 16 Jan. 2021 There are other pets that are much less expensive and easier to care for: Hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, lizards (and cats!). Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Big favor leads to big friendship fallout," 16 Jan. 2021 There are other pets that are much less expensive and easier to care for: Hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, lizards (and cats!). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Big favor leads to friendship fallout," 16 Jan. 2021 Scientists took to their laboratories to create vaccines; volunteers risked their lives to serve as guinea pigs. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "A stranger’s concern on a late-night walk in San Francisco is balm for a scare," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of guinea

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guinea

Noun

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

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12 Feb 2021

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“Guinea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guinea. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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guinea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guinea

: an old British coin worth 21 shillings

guinea

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

Kids Definition of guinea

: an old British gold coin

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