[ gurn-zee ]

noun,plural Guern·seys for 2, 3.
  1. Isle of, one of the Channel Islands, in the English Channel. With adjacent islands, about 24½ sq. mi. (63 sq. km).

  2. one of a breed of dairy cattle, raised originally on the Isle of Guernsey, producing rich, golden-tinted milk.

  1. (lowercase) a close-fitting knitted woolen shirt worn by sailors and soccer or Rugby players.

Origin of Guernsey

1825–35, for def. 2

Words Nearby Guernsey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Guernsey in a sentence

  • This damage to grapes would not, however, be much felt in Guernsey, as all the grapes are protected by orchard-houses.

  • In Guernsey, however, Cuckoos are much too numerous for the Hedgesparrow to afford accommodation for them all.

  • Professor Ansted includes it in his list, and marks it as having been found both in Guernsey and Sark.

  • In Guernsey it is pretty generally distributed over the more cultivated parts, but nowhere so numerous as in England.

  • I have never seen it myself in the Islands, though many of my visits to Guernsey have been in the autumn.

British Dictionary definitions for Guernsey


/ (ˈɡɜːnzɪ) /

  1. 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)

  2. a breed of dairy cattle producing rich creamy milk, originating from the island of Guernsey

  1. (sometimes not capital) a seaman's knitted woollen sweater

  2. (not capital) Australian a sleeveless woollen shirt or jumper worn by a football player

  3. get a guernsey Australian to be selected or gain recognition for something

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