This 1960s dishwasher by Charles Colston Ltd cost 85 guineas.
In Three guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote, “As a woman my country is the whole world.”
For a hundred guineas I'll let you into a secret and if I fail I won't ask you for a stiver.
The guineas were then repaid, and the translation neglected.
It is usual for students to read with junior counsel in large practice, to whom they pay a hundred guineas a year.
There is something like a hundred guineas among my effects—that will help.
However, before parting, I took occasion to borrow five guineas from Jem's store.
I will give twenty guineas for the man who brings him back, alive or dead.
Rembrandts scarcely found purchasers at twelve guineas or even six.
It is said that the painter sold it off his easel for 800 guineas.
former British coin, 1660s, from Guinea, region along the west coast of Africa, presumably from an African word (perhaps Tuareg aginaw "black people"); the 20-shilling coins so called because they were first minted for British trade with Guinea (but soon in domestic use) and with gold from Africa. The original guinea (in use from 1663 to 1813) was based on the value of gold and by 1695 it was worth 30 shillings. William III then fixed its value at 21 shillings, 6 pence in 1698. The extra 6 pence were lopped off in December 1717.
The Guinea hen (1570s) is a domestic fowl imported from there. Guinea "derogatory term for Italian" (1896) was originally Guinea Negro (1740s) and meant "black person, person of mixed ancestry." It was applied to Italians c.1890 probably because of their dark complexions relative to northern Europeans, and after 1911 was occasionally applied to Hispanics and Pacific Islanders as well. New Guinea was so named 1546 by Spanish explorer Inigo Ortiz de Retes in reference to the natives' dark skin and tightly curled hair.
Republic in west Africa, bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali to the north; Ivory Coast to the east; Liberia to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its capital and largest city is Conarky.
Note: Guinea was once part of the Mali empire.
Note: It became independent of France in 1958.
: a tough Ginney bootlegger
[perhaps fr contemptuous association with the outdated term Guinea Negro, ''black slave from the Guinea coast'']