Main definitions of Guernsey in English

: Guernsey1Guernsey2

Guernsey1

proper nounPlural guernseys, Plural Guernseys

  • An island in the English Channel, to the north-west of Jersey; population 65,900 (est. 2009); capital, St Peter Port. It is the second largest of the Channel Islands.

Pronunciation

Guernsey

/ˈɡəːnzi/

Main definitions of Guernsey in English

: Guernsey1Guernsey2

Guernsey2

nounPlural guernseys, Plural Guernseys

  • 1An animal of a breed of dairy cattle from Guernsey, noted for producing rich, creamy milk.

    • ‘The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.’
    • ‘Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.’
  • 2A thick sweater made with oiled navy-blue wool and originally worn by fishermen.

    1. 2.1Australian A football jumper, especially one of the sleeveless kind worn by Australian Rules players.
      • ‘Placing mementoes such as football guernseys or photographs on coffins and playing popular music during funeral services are likely to be discouraged under Catholic Church guidelines.’
      • ‘In a memory that must make current Collingwood powerbrokers shudder, the Magpies changed their guernseys for their match against Swan Districts in April 1982.’
      • ‘And if we can get the young out there channelling their violence in an attractive, profitable way, within a team, wearing guernseys, then I think we'll have a much, much safer and more peaceful world.’
      • ‘This year, my Fitzroy football guernsey turned 10-years-old, and I am proud.’
      • ‘Those winning their Australian guernsey from the titles will be heading off to Canada for the World In-Line Cup, to be held in London, Ontario, from June 25 to July 22.’
      • ‘Osborne, which has always worn black and yellow guernseys, was known as the Tigers until entering the Hume league in 1970.’
      • ‘It's a big part of their program obviously, you're not going to turn down an Australian guernsey.’
      • ‘Given the enormous rainfall at the top of the Dandenong Ranges, where the club is based, mothers have approved of the Lycra guernseys that have replaced woollen jumpers in recent years.’
      • ‘There is film footage of it available, and one team, the third division, wore blue guernseys with a white map of Australia, and the training units wore a red guernsey with a white kangaroo.’
      • ‘Others include a football guernsey from the Collingwood AFL side, signed by all of this year's players, and a gold pendant necklace, donated by Hourglass Jewellers.’
      • ‘The players were presented with their guernseys at a function on Monday at Subiaco Oval at which Andrew Swallow was named WA captain.’
      • ‘So all the early football clubs don't have green in their guernseys.’
      • ‘Perth-born Krakouer is well-known to football fans, playing for the West Australian Football League before pulling on North Melbourne and St Kilda guernseys in the AFL.’
      • ‘Collingwood, the Lions and the AFL have agreed to the curtain-raiser between Fitzroy Reds, which wear Fitzroy guernseys, and West Brunswick, which wears black and white stripes.’
      • ‘He was also a huge man - the yellow sash of his guernsey was required to stretch much further than any other at Longford.’
      • ‘To pass the time, several players played a form of Keno in which numbers were selected according to past and present players' guernseys.’
      • ‘Oddly enough, on the day that I saw Blighty, it was playing Katunga, which wears white guernseys with a red ‘V’ and calls itself (drum roll, please) the Swans.’
      • ‘He'd also like to see AFL players visiting schools wearing the guernseys of their WAFL clubs.’
      • ‘Swift Creek cast aside its Melbourne guernseys to play in a version of the jumpers that traditional rival Ensay wore in the 1960 grand final.’
      • ‘Jack Long and his sons were presented with the traditional guernseys that have made way for dark green jumpers with gold monograms.’

Phrases

  • get (or be given) a guernsey

    • 1informal Be selected for a football team.

      • ‘Are any players from the pre-existing teams in this League trying to get a guernsey in this new tele-team?’
      • ‘You've gotta have a go in the future, I'm aiming towards [the 2004 Olympic Games in] Athens and I'd love to get a guernsey and shoot in [the 2006 Commonwealth Games in] Melbourne.’
      be selected, be chosen, be picked, make the grade
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      1. 1.1Gain recognition or approval.
        • ‘Well when they talk about the four critical labour market challenges facing Australia today, joblessness doesn't get a guernsey.’
        • ‘In the land of the ‘fair go’ character assassination just does not get a guernsey.’
        • ‘Of my own first five favourites, three - Mozart, Purcell and Vivaldi - got into the top 30, the other two - William Byrd and Arvo Part - didn't get a guernsey at all.’
        • ‘Yet whenever Parkinson writes about the UN oil-for-food program this fact never seems to get a guernsey.’
        • ‘Let's face it: many kids after reaching double-digit birthdays don't read a lot for pleasure and are more interested in television, computer games and physical activities, although information books get a guernsey.’
        • ‘Why didn't they get a guernsey to write a song about the historic event that happened in their hometown?’
        • ‘The AFP will give evidence next month, and you can bet Smith and a few other Navy witnesses will get a guernsey too.’
        • ‘Mr Kevin and his agenda get a guernsey most weeks.’
        • ‘The news brigade were mostly old newspaper men, few women got a guernsey then, who distrusted radio techniques and thought the tape recorder was an instrument of the devil.’
        • ‘Orwell's 1984 predictably got a guernsey, and Animal Farm also apparently figured in the top 100.’

Pronunciation

Guernsey

/ˈɡəːnzi/