[ gin-ee ]
/ ˈgɪn i /
a coastal region in W Africa, extending from the Gambia River to the Gabon estuary.
Formerly French Guinea. an independent republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic coast. About 96,900 sq. mi. (251,000 sq. km). Capital: Conakry.
Gulf of, a part of the Atlantic Ocean that projects into the W coast of Africa and extends from the Ivory Coast to Gabon.
(lowercase) a former money of account of the United Kingdom, equal to 21 shillings: still often used in quoting fees or prices.
(lowercase) a gold coin of Great Britain issued from 1663 to 1813, with a nominal value of 20 shillings.
(lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Italian birth or descent.
(lowercase) Horse Racing. a person who does miscellaneous work in or around a horse stable.
Related formsGuin·e·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for guinea (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɡɪnɪ) /
- a British gold coin taken out of circulation in 1813, worth 21 shillings
- the sum of 21 shillings (£1.05), still used in some contexts, as in quoting professional fees
See guinea fowl
US slang, derogatory an Italian or a person of Italian descent
Word Origin for guinea
C16: the coin was originally made of gold from Guinea
British Dictionary definitions for guinea (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɡɪnɪ) /
a republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic: established as the colony of French Guinea in 1890 and became an independent republic in 1958. Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority and animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Conakry. Pop: 11 176 026 (2013 est). Area: 245 855 sq km (94 925 sq miles)
(formerly) the coastal region of West Africa, between Cape Verde and Namibe (formerly Moçâmedes; Angola): divided by a line of volcanic peaks into Upper Guinea (between The Gambia and Cameroon) and Lower Guinea (between Cameroon and S Angola)
Gulf of Guinea a large inlet of the S Atlantic on the W coast of Africa, extending from Cape Palmas, Liberia, to Cape Lopez, Gabon: contains two large bays, the Bight of Bonny and the Bight of Benin, separated by the Niger delta
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Culture definitions for guinea
[ (gin-ee) ]
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.
Guinea was once part of the Mali empire.
It became independent of France in 1958.
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