- 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
Examples from the Web for guernsey
Have you consulted your parents as to their living with them in Guernsey?Jan and Her Job
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The Bailiff of Guernsey still uses a facsimile of the original seal.The Coinages of the Channel Islands
Cow killed by lightning, or by what looked like lightning (Isle of Sark, near Guernsey).The Book of the Damned
In Guernsey, a mother and her two daughters were brought to the stake.The Reign of Mary Tudor
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In Guernsey the Catioroc is always identified as the site of the Sabbath.The Witch-cult in Western Europe
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- 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) Australian a sleeveless woollen shirt or jumper worn by a football player
- get a guernsey Australian to be selected or gain recognition for something
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.