Guinea Definition

gĭnē
guineas
noun
guineas
A former English gold coin, last minted in 1813, equal to 21 shillings.
Webster's New World
The sum of one pound and one shilling.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
An Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Webster's New World

A ground-foraging bird of Africa, of the family Numididae. Domesticated strains include Pearl, White, Buff, Blue, Purple and Lavender. Also called guinea fowl.

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pronoun

(US, slang, derogatory) Someone of Italian descent in the United States.

Wiktionary

Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Guinea.

Wiktionary
proper name
Coastal region of W Africa, between Senegal & Nigeria.
Webster's New World
Country in this region: formerly a French colony, it became independent in 1958: 94,926 sq mi (245,857 sq km); cap. Conakry.
Webster's New World
Part of the Atlantic, off the W coast of Africa.
Webster's New World
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A historical region of western and equatorial Africa extending along the coast from Gambia to Angola. Sections of the area from the Bight of Benin westward were known to early traders as the Slave, Gold, Ivory, and Grain Coasts.
American Heritage
A country of western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Inhabited by Fulani, Malinke, and Susu peoples, parts of present-day Guinea belonged to the medieval kingdom of Ghana and later to the Mali Empire. Explored by the Portuguese in the 1400s, it came under French control in the 1800s, becoming a part of French West Africa in 1895. Guinea gained its independence in 1958. Conakry is the capital and the largest city.
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Other Word Forms of Guinea

Noun

Singular:
guinea
Plural:
guineas

Origin of Guinea

  • From Guinea, the country in West Africa. The name comes from the Berber term "aginaw" via Portuguese; it originally meant "black" (or, in context, "land of the blacks.")

    From Wiktionary

  • After the Guinea coast of Africa, the source of the gold from which it was first made

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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