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From Guinea, the country in West Africa. The name comes from the Berber term "aginaw" via Portuguese; it originally meant "black" (or, in context, "land of the blacks.")


guinea (plural guineas)

  1. (US, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
  2. (Britain, historical) A gold coin originally worth twenty shillings and originally made from gold imported from Africa; later (from 1717 until the adoption of decimal currency) standardised at a value of twenty-one shillings.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck—nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection...
  3. A ground-foraging bird of Africa, of the family Numididae. Domesticated strains include Pearl, White, Buff, Blue, Purple and Lavender. Also called guinea fowl.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Brooding and Homing,” [1]
      The guineas peeped complainingly, the goslings waddled into all the puddles and came back to chill my skin.






  1. guinea (British gold coin)


Inflection of guinea (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative guinea guineat
genitive guinean guineoiden
partitive guineaa guineoita
illative guineaan guineoihin
singular plural
nominative guinea guineat
accusative nom. guinea guineat
gen. guinean
genitive guinean guineoiden
partitive guineaa guineoita
inessive guineassa guineoissa
elative guineasta guineoista
illative guineaan guineoihin
adessive guinealla guineoilla
ablative guinealta guineoilta
allative guinealle guineoille
essive guineana guineoina
translative guineaksi guineoiksi
instructive guineoin
abessive guineatta guineoitta
comitative guineoineen