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Guernsey

[gurn-zee]
noun, plural Guernseys for 2, 3.
1.
one of the Channel Islands, in the English Channel. With adjacent islands, about 24½ sq. mi. (63 sq. km).
2.
one of a breed of dairy cattle, raised originally on the Isle of Guernsey, producing rich, golden-tinted milk.
3.
(lowercase) a close-fitting knitted woolen shirt worn by sailors and soccer or Rugby players.

Origin:
1825–35, for def 2

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Guernsey (ˈɡɜːnzɪ)
 
n
1.  an island in the English Channel: the second largest of the Channel Islands, which, with Alderney and Sark, Herm, Jethou, and some islets, forms the bailiwick of Guernsey; finance, market gardening, dairy farming, and tourism. Capital: St Peter Port. Pop: 59 710 (2001). Area: 63 sq km (24.5 sq miles)
2.  a breed of dairy cattle producing rich creamy milk, originating from the island of Guernsey
3.  (sometimes not capital) a seaman's knitted woollen sweater
4.  (Austral) (not capital) a sleeveless woollen shirt or jumper worn by a football player
5.  (Austral) get a guernsey to be selected or gain recognition for something

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Guernsey
breed of cattle, 1834, from the Channel Island where it was bred; the island name is Viking. Like neighboring Jersey, it was also taken as the name for a coarse, close-fitting vest of wool (1839), and in Australia the word supplies many of the usages of jersey in U.S.
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