ki·​na | \ ˈkē-nə How to pronounce kina (audio) \
plural kina

Definition of kina

the basic monetary unit of Papua New Guinea — see Money Table

Examples of kina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the project’s partners paid less than a quarter of that (about 495 million kina) in taxes, royalties, dividends and other payments in 2016. Washington Post, "How Exxon’s Big Gas Plan Stirred Up Papua New Guinea," 2 Aug. 2019 Her bilum pieces sometimes address the legacy of colonialism or incorporate kina shells, which represent money. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Indigenous Female Artists Take Center Stage in Hawaii," 12 July 2019 By September 2017, more than three years after exports started, royalties received by the government totaled 150 million kina, the World Bank said. Perry Williams,, "Exxon's Remote Pacific Gas Workhorse Shut After Earthquake," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kina

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kina

borrowed from New Guinea Pidgin, literally, "gold lip (kind of oyster shell used as currency)," borrowed from Tolai (Austronesian language of the Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain)

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“Kina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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