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[gahy-an-uh, -ah-nuh] /gaɪˈæn ə, -ˈɑ nə/

an independent republic on the NE coast of South America: a former British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 82,978 sq. mi. (214,913 sq. km).
Capital: Georgetown.
of or relating to Guyana or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Guyana
a republic in NE South America, on the Atlantic: colonized chiefly by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries; became a British colony in 1831 and an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1966. Official language: English. Religions: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Georgetown. Pop: 739 903 (2013 est). Area: about 215 000 sq km (83 000 sq miles) Former name (until 1966) British Guiana

from a native word perhaps meaning “respectable.”


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