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 Also, Doug wants to create a business that will buy back his guinea pigs. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 13 June 2022 Tonally, there’s no easy way to play Abnesti or his human guinea pigs, each of whom has been locked away for some truly heinous act — like infanticide, murder or licensing the rights for a George Saunders stories to Netflix. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 June 2022 American drivers — whether using these systems or sharing the road with them — are effectively guinea pigs in an experiment whose results have not yet been revealed. New York Times, 8 June 2022 According to the indictment, the suspect bought the four guinea pigs from Petco stores in Farmington, Salt Lake City and West Jordan in October. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2022 Because their teeth keep growing all their lives, guinea pigs need to chew constantly to keep their teeth filed. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 June 2022 Humanity did this with smallpox and could soon achieve this with polio and guinea-worm infections. Nadia A. Sam-agudu, The Atlantic, 4 Mar. 2022 So Soft and other Avon products, or the ones who went crazy in the Wet n Wild section of the local Duane Reade and would use their little siblings as guinea pigs. Johnson Lui, Allure, 24 May 2022 The rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs were cleared. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, 20 May 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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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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