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[gurn-zee] /ˈgɜrn zi/
noun, plural Guernseys for 2, 3.
Isle of, one of the Channel Islands, in the English Channel. With adjacent islands, about 24½ sq. mi. (63 sq. km).
one of a breed of dairy cattle, raised originally on the Isle of Guernsey, producing rich, golden-tinted milk.
(lowercase) a close-fitting knitted woolen shirt worn by sailors and soccer or Rugby players.
Origin of Guernsey
1825-35, for def 2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Guernsey
Historical Examples
  • Have you consulted your parents as to their living with them in Guernsey?

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • The Bailiff of Guernsey still uses a facsimile of the original seal.

  • Cow killed by lightning, or by what looked like lightning (Isle of Sark, near Guernsey).

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • In Guernsey, a mother and her two daughters were brought to the stake.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • In Guernsey the Catioroc is always identified as the site of the Sabbath.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
  • And all I could think of was to get away from Guernsey and all the people I knew.

    Where Deep Seas Moan E. Gallienne-Robin
  • Upright, fine, free fellows: the very cream of Guernsey's manhood.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
  • One fell among the Guernsey cookers, tearing a chunk cut of Sergt.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
  • The schooner had only left Guernsey, after a refit, the day before I was taken on board her.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • The frigate did not remain long at Guernsey, but, with the rest of the squadron, put to sea.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Guernsey


an island in the English Channel: the second largest of the Channel Islands, which, with Alderney and Sark, Herm, Jethou, and some islets, forms the bailiwick of Guernsey; finance, market gardening, dairy farming, and tourism. Capital: St Peter Port. Pop: 65 605 (2013). Area: 63 sq km (24.5 sq miles)
a breed of dairy cattle producing rich creamy milk, originating from the island of Guernsey
(sometimes not capital) a seaman's knitted woollen sweater
(not capital) (Austral) a sleeveless woollen shirt or jumper worn by a football player
(Austral) get a guernsey, to be selected or gain recognition for something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Guernsey

breed of cattle, 1834, from the Channel Island where it was bred; the island name is Viking. Like neighboring Jersey, it was also taken as the name for a coarse, close-fitting vest of wool (1839), and in Australia the word supplies many of the usages of jersey in U.S. The second element of the name is Old Norse ey "island;" the first element uncertain, traditionally meaning "green," but perhaps rather representing a Viking personal name, e.g. Grani.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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