Definitions of guinea

  1. ethnic slur; offensive terms for a person of Italian descent
  2. a republic in eastern Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958
  3. a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings
  4. W African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
  5. a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
  6. offensive terms for a person of Italian descent
  7. A district on the west coast of Africa ( formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named.
  8. A gold coin of England current for twenty- one shillings sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the issue of sovereigns in 1817.
  9. A district on the west coast of Africa ( formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the fowl, grass, peach, etc., are named.
  10. A gold coin, formerly current in England, value twentyone shillings or about five dollars; a guinea fowl.
  11. An English gold coin, no longer used- 21s., so called because first made of gold brought from Guinea, in Africa.
  12. English gold coin worth twenty- one shillings.
  13. A former English gold coin, value 21 shillings or 35.
  14. A gold coin, formerly current in Britain, worth 21s., so called as first coined in gold from Guinea, in Africa.
  15. A gold coin of the value of 21s., not now used.
  16. Of or belonging to Guinea, as guinea- hen.

Usage examples for guinea

  1. At that moment Polynesia joined us and said, " Doctor, there are two guinea pigs at the back door. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  2. A guinea apiece if you save her. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  3. His Adventures of a Guinea was once popular. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  4. In some of the countries of Guinea dogs are bred for the table, and sit in circles in the market places for sale. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  5. William John, if it do cost a golden guinea to sit down along to- night, we'm going to sit in they handsome chairs close up to the harmony. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  6. The New Guinea native can at times tell the presence of an enemy simply by his sense of smell, and I suppose I've lived so long amongst them that I have acquired something of this kind. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
  7. I had hoped to have spent this vacation with him in that way, but his school bill was higher than usual, and after paying it, I had not a guinea to spare- obliged to come here where they lodge and feed me for nothing; the boy's uncle on the mother's side- respectable man in business- kindly takes him home for the holidays; but did not ask me, because his wife- and I don't blame her- thinks I'm too wild for a City clerk's sober household. – What Will He Do With It, Book 7. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. Guinea fowl recognized the importance of cultivation, and created terrible damage. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  9. He's right as a guinea – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  10. Let me see; it's twenty- one pounds to the guinea isn't it? – The British Barbarians by Grant Allen
  11. There's a guinea Claire; it's all I have to- day. – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  12. He's beaten poor Nutter, and won the race; though the stakes, after all, were scarce worth taking- and what's life without a guinea – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  13. If your brother were a famous violinist and I paid half- a- guinea for a stall to hear him, you would not think he had lowered himself by taking my money for the pleasure he gave me. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  14. I sent him a guinea and promised to come to him directly. – Oliver Goldsmith by E. S. Lang Buckland
  15. There are three troops of guinea fowl in those upper kloofs, and the hoek down along the spruit is just swarming with blekbuck." – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  16. Why, you will be wanting white mice and guinea pigs next! – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  17. The distance was about sixty miles, and I had paid a guinea for my place. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  18. What sort of country after all was this much- discussed New- Guinea they began to ask. – The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 by J. E. Heeres
  19. As much as thirty- two shillings in silver value could, at one time, be obtained on the other side of the water for an English guinea – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle