guinea

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Guinea, the country in West Africa, the coins originally being made of gold from the region and used for African trade, and the guinea fowl being found there.

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “the slur”)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɪni/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪni

Noun[edit]

guinea (plural guineas)

  1. (US, slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
    • 1982, Stephen King, Survivor Type
      If I’m to tell the whole truth—and why not? I sure have the time!—I’ll have to start by saying I was born Richard Pinzetti, in New York’s Little Italy. My father was an Old World guinea.
  2. (Britain, historical) A gold coin originally worth twenty shillings; 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...
    • 1962 June, “New Reading on Railways: Locomotives of British Railways, by H. C. Casserley & L. Asher, Spring Books, 21s.”, in Modern Railways, page 432:
      However, since there are 488 pages in all for a bargain price of a guinea one must not be too carping.
  3. Synonym of 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.

Synonyms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Arabic: جنيه(d͡ʒu.najh)
  • Egyptian Arabic: جنيه(ginēh)
  • Irish: gine
  • Scottish Gaelic: gini
  • Spanish: guinea
  • Welsh: gini

Translations[edit]

References[edit]


Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

guinea

  1. guinea (British gold coin)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of guinea (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative guinea guineat
genitive guinean guineoiden
guineoitten
partitive guineaa guineoita
illative guineaan guineoihin
singular plural
nominative guinea guineat
accusative nom. guinea guineat
gen. guinean
genitive guinean guineoiden
guineoitten
guineainrare
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
Possessive forms of guinea (type kulkija)
possessor singular plural
1st person guineani guineamme
2nd person guineasi guineanne
3rd person guineansa

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡiˈnea/, [ɡiˈne.a]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English guinea.

Noun[edit]

guinea f (plural guineas)

  1. guinea (British gold coin)

Etymology 2[edit]

See guineo.

Noun[edit]

guinea f (plural guineas)

  1. female equivalent of guineo

Adjective[edit]

guinea

  1. feminine singular of guineo

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