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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Guernsey
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  • The wind was still blowing from the southwest, and filling all the narrow sea between us and Guernsey with boiling surge.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • The schooner had only left Guernsey, after a refit, the day before I was taken on board her.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • A pleasant sail of eight hours and the towering cliffs of Guernsey came in sight.

  • The frigate did not remain long at Guernsey, but, with the rest of the squadron, put to sea.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • A very curious and poignant picture of her just before her death has been given by the pen of a visitor in Guernsey.

  • The Bailiff of Guernsey still uses a facsimile of the original seal.

  • We shall be forced to leave Guernsey, where she has lived all her life; and it will be the death of her.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • In Guernsey the Catioroc is always identified as the site of the Sabbath.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
  • Johanna says nothing will convince the Guernsey people that we are all good friends except that.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • Mr de Lisle was a native of Guernsey, and therefore an English subject.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
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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