guiri

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡiɾi/, [ˈɡi.ɾi]

Noun[edit]

guiri m (plural guiris)

  1. (botany) gorse, furze
    Synonym: tojo

Noun[edit]

guiri m or f (plural guiris)

  1. (historical) a supporter of Queen Isabella II of Spain
    Synonym: cristino
  2. (Spain, colloquial) a foreign tourist, normally referring to fair-skinned tourist on package holidays on the Spanish Mediterranean coast from the mid-twentieth century
    • 2019 May 16, Àlex Montoya, “'City for Sale': alerta turista en Barcelona”, in El Mundo[1]:
      Las políticas de la vivienda, con carta blanca para la especulación y el gangsterismo inmobiliario, y la invasión guiri, como Daenerys a lomos de Drogon, son armas de destrucción masiva: []
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  3. (dated, Spain, colloquial) police agent from la Guardia Civil

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • guiri” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.
  • 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