Definition of Guanche in English:

Guanche

noun

  • A member of an aboriginal people speaking a Berber language who formerly inhabited the Canary Islands, and were absorbed after the Spanish conquest in the 15th century.

    • ‘The typical Canarian cuisine is a blend of Guanche, Spanish, and Latin American food, with bananas and ‘gofio’, a staple grain which plays a leading role in many menus.’
    • ‘The native population of the Canary Islands were the Guanches, a white race, vigorous, of high stature, fair-haired and blue-eyed, and leading mostly a pastoral life.’
    • ‘I uncovered this when I headed inland and to see the legendary Totem rocks which date back to the island's original inhabitants, the Guanches.’
    • ‘Rather closer to home the Spanish also destroyed much of the culture of the Guanches, native inhabitants of the Canary Islands and descendants of the Berbers from nearby North Africa.’
    • ‘But there were other episodes of utter destruction which have been almost entirely forgotten, like the disappearance of the Guanche people of the Canary islands under the European impact.’

Origin

Spanish.

Pronunciation:

Guanche

/ˈɡwän(t)SHā/