What does guinea mean?

Definitions for guinea
ˈgɪn iguinea

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guineanoun

    a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings

  2. Guinea, Republic of Guinea, French Guineanoun

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

  3. guinea fowl, guinea, Numida meleagrisnoun

    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. Guineanoun

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

  2. Guineanoun

    Someone of Italian descent in the United States.

  3. guineanoun

    A person of Italian descent.

  4. guineanoun

    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. guineanoun

    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. Etymology: From Guinea, the country in West Africa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GUINEAnoun

    A gold coin valued at one and twenty shillings.

    Etymology: from Guinea, a country in Africa abounding with gold.

    By the word gold I must be understood to design a particular piece of matter; that is, the last guinea that was coined. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guineanoun

    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. Guineanoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guinea

    gin′i, n. an English gold coin, no longer used=21s., so called because first made of gold brought from Guinea, in Africa.—ns. Guin′ea-corn, a cereal extensively cultivated in Central Africa and India—also Indian millet; Guin′ea-fowl, a genus of African birds in the pheasant family, having dark-gray plumage with round spots of white, generally larger on the back and under surface; Guin′ea-grass, a grass of the same genus with millet, a native of Guinea and Senegal; Guin′ea-hen (Shak.), a courtesan; Guin′ea-pepp′er (see Pepper); Guin′ea-pig, a small South American rodent, somewhat resembling a small pig, the cavy: (slang) a professional company director, without time or real qualifications for the duties; Guin′ea-worm, a very slender thread-like nematode worm common in tropical Africa.

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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Guinea

    A West African term for “abounding in gold.” The English coin of this name was first struck in 1663 out of gold brought from the coast of Guinea.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guinea in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guinea in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of guinea in a Sentence

  1. Massama Keita:

    Between Mali (and Guinea) it's not really a border. So many people reside together that you cannot control it.

  2. Ian Rintoul:

    Papua New Guinea can open the gates to fulfil some technicality, but people are not free to move out of the detention center wherever they like.

  3. White House:

    We are encouraged by the declining number of new Ebola cases in West Africa, but remain concerned about a recent increase in cases in Guinea, and an inability to further reduce case counts in Sierra Leone, moreover, given that a single case can lead to flare-ups of the virus, we must not lose focus.

  4. Benny Wenda:

    This petition was bravely smuggled from West Papua across the border into Papua New Guinea then to Europe.

  5. Jeremy Farrar:

    This trial dared to use a highly innovative and pragmatic design, which allowed the team in Guinea to assess this vaccine in the middle of an epidemic, our hope is that this vaccine will now help bring this epidemic to an end and be available for the inevitable future Ebola epidemics.

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