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From Basque guiristino, the Basque adaptation of the Spanish cristino, the term for the liberal forces in the Spanish Civil War, after the then Queen Cristina.


guiri m or f (plural guiris)

  1. (dated) A supporter of Queen Isabella II of Spain, a cristino.
  2. (Spain) A foreign tourist, normally referring to fair-skinned tourist on package holidays on the Spanish Mediterranean coast from the mid-twentieth century.
  3. gorse, furze.
  4. (dated, Spain) police agent from la Guardia Civil.

Derived terms[edit]


  • guiri in Using Spanish synonyms, By Ronald Ernest Batchelor, p. 312 .
  • DRAE Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua, originally 1925 (defined as a 'Carlist'), and later versions
  • Real Academia Española de la Lengua.