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[gwahr-uh-nee, gwahr-uh-nee] /ˌgwɑr əˈni, ˈgwɑr əˌni/
noun, plural guarani, guaranis.
a paper money and monetary unit of Paraguay, equal to 100 centimos.
Origin of guarani
1940-45; < Spanish, after Guarani


or Guaraní

[gwahr-uh-nee] /ˌgwɑr əˈni/
noun, plural Guaranis, Guaranies (especially collectively) Guarani.
a member of an Indian people now living principally in Paraguay.
a language belonging to the Tupi-Guarani family of languages and spoken by the Guarani Indians: the chief vernacular of Paraguay. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for guarani
Historical Examples
  • Many of their customs were akin to those of the guarani Indians.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • On reaching the guarani Missions, near Candelaria, in about lat.

  • He made a sign to the guarani to follow him, and both quitted the tambo.

    The Flying Horseman

    Gustave Aimard
  • It may be the same word as guarani, which also has this meaning.

    The Myths of the New World Daniel G. Brinton
  • Emile, after having confided the two ladies to the care of the guarani, had left the tambo, oppressed by a sad apprehension.

    The Flying Horseman

    Gustave Aimard
  • "You admirably understand my thoughts, seora," answered the guarani, respectfully bowing.

    The Flying Horseman

    Gustave Aimard
  • The Correntinos, who spoke guarani, could merely get permission at rare intervals to send a few boats up river.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • They, the guarani people, call themselves W-r-n-e, in a soft musical voice.

    Birds and Man W. H. Hudson
  • The Caribs approach, without equalling, the guarani, in the magnitude of their area.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • The bulk, however, of the stock is Brazilian; indeed, Brazilian and guarani have been sometimes used as synonyms.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
British Dictionary definitions for guarani


(pl) -ni, -nis. a member of a South American Indian people of Paraguay, S Brazil, and Bolivia
the language of this people, belonging to the Tupi-Guarani family; one of the official languages of Paraguay, along with Spanish


noun (pl) -ní, -nís
the standard monetary unit of Paraguay, divided into 100 céntimos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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