Examples from the Web for guinea
Contemporary Examples of guinea
We are, essentially, an army of guinea pigs millions strong.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Guinea, with 25 percent, recorded the lowest adult literacy rate in the world at that time.
In Guinea, just 42 percent of the population aged 15-24 can both read and write a “short simple statement” in their everyday life.
“We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea,” said Nabarro.
Liberia, once the hot zone, now reports 7,719 cases, while Guinea has 2,283.
Historical Examples of guinea
I am to have ten shillings and sixpence—half a guinea a week!Life in London
No one ever seems to have a guinea to spend upon false teeth.In the Heart of Vosges
"See you in Guinea first," muttered Bandy-legs, bristling up.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
"I'll hold thee a guinea of that," said the wit, throwing the money on the table.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
They probably had them from the English of Carolina, whither they had been brought from Guinea.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- 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
Word Origin for guinea
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.