Definitions for Guineaˈgɪn i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Guin•ea*ˈgɪn i(n.)(pl.)-eas

  1. a coastal region in W Africa, extending from the Gambia River to the Gabon estuary.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Formerly, French Guinea.; Cap.: Conakry.

  3. Gulf of, a part of the Atlantic Ocean that projects into the W coast of Africa and extends from Ivory Coast to Gabon.

    Category: Geography (places)

  4. (l.c.) a former money of account of the United Kingdom, equal to 21 shillings: still used in quoting fees or prices.

    Category: Numismatics

  5. (l.c.) a gold coin of Great Britain issued 1663–1813, worth 21 shillings.

    Category: Numismatics, Status (usage)

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Guin′e•an(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guinea(noun)

    a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings

  2. Guinea, Republic of Guinea, French Guinea(noun)

    a republic in western Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958

  3. guinea fowl, guinea, Numida meleagris(noun)

    a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world

Wiktionary

  1. Guinea(ProperNoun)

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

  2. Guinea(ProperNoun)

    Someone of Italian descent in the United States.

  3. guinea(Noun)

    A person of Italian descent.

  4. guinea(Noun)

    A gold coin originally worth twenty shillings and minted for use in England's trade with Africa; later (from 1717 until the adoption of decimal currency) standardised at a value of twenty-one shillings.

  5. guinea(Noun)

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

  6. Origin: From Guinea, the country in West Africa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guinea(noun)

    a district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named

  2. Guinea(noun)

    a gold coin of England current for twenty-one shillings sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the issue of sovereigns in 1817

Freebase

  1. Guinea

    Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbour Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. It has a population of 10,057,975 and an area of 246,000 square kilometres. Forming a crescent as it curves from its western border on the Atlantic Ocean toward the east and the south, it shares its northern border with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali, and its southern border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire. The sources of the Niger River, Gambia River, and Senegal River are all found in the Guinea Highlands. Conakry is Guinea's capital, largest city, and economic centre. Other major cities in the country include Kankan, Nzérékoré, Kindia, Labe, Guéckédou, Mamou and Boke. Guinea's 10 million people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. The largest and most prominent groups are the Fula, Mandingo, and Susu. It is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing about 85 percent of the population. Christians, mostly Roman Catholic, make up about 10 percent of the population, and are mainly found in the southern region. French is the official language of Guinea, and is the main language of communication in schools, government administration, the media, and the country's security forces. More than twenty four indigenous languages are also spoken, of which the most common are Fula, Susu and Maninka. Fula is widely used in the Fouta Djallon region in central Guinea, Maninka in Eastern Guinea, and Susu in the coastal region of northwestern Guinea.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Guinea

    a name somewhat loosely applied to an extensive tract of territory on the W. coast of Africa, generally recognised as extending from the mouth of the Senegal in the N. to Cape Negro in the S., and is further designated as Lower and Upper Guinea, the boundary line being practically the Equator; the territory is occupied by various colonies of Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and the Negro Republic of Liberia.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Guinea

    A republic in western Africa, south of SENEGAL and MALI, east of GUINEA-BISSAU. Its capital is Conakry.

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