Main meanings of kuna in English

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Pronunciation /ˈkuːnə/

nounplural noun kuna, plural noun kunas

  • The basic monetary unit of Croatia, equal to 100 lipa.

    ‘The Croatian currency is the kuna, apparently named after a small furry animal like a stoat or weasel, the pelts of which used to be traded.’
    • ‘The currency is the kuna, of which there are about ten to a British pound.’
    • ‘The Croatian postal service issued a 2.80 kuna stamp bearing her picture.’
    • ‘The unions have produced statistics on pay that show that a state employee can only earn up to 3,100 kune a month - the equivalent of 60 percent of the average monthly salary in Croatia.’
    • ‘Joblessness in Croatia is about 20%, and the average monthly wage is just 3,500 kune.’
    • ‘This gave a figure of a yearly income of 41,500 kune.’


Croatian, literally ‘marten’ (the fur of the marten was formerly a medium of exchange).

Main meanings of Kuna in English

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Pronunciation /ˈkuːnə/

nounplural noun Kuna, plural noun Kunas

(also Cuna)
  • 1A member of a Central American people of the isthmus of Panama.

    ‘Severin also travels into the Central American rain forest to mingle with the Kuna.’
    • ‘We lived among the Kuna for five months, learned their customs, and miss them still.’
    • ‘The Cunas respect the different positions that family members hold, and greet each other accordingly.’
    • ‘The Kunas are generally thought to be the last pure-blooded Carib Indians who survived the Spanish Conquest.’
    • ‘Scientists from Harvard Medical School were intrigued to learn that the Kuna seem to have naturally low blood pressure.’
    • ‘As Kuna, we have lived more than 100 years on these lands, and now there is an intention to destroy the peace of our Indigenous communities.’
    • ‘The Kuna and their islands are undoubtedly vibrant, colorful, culturally rich and unforgettably hospitable.’
    • ‘Indeed, such transactions would be extremely complicated as currently the Cuna have no individual land titles.’
    • ‘The Kuna and only the Kuna have the power to restore the balance of their small corner of the world.’
  • 2mass noun The Chibchan language of the Kuna, with about 35,000 speakers.


(also Cuna)
  • Relating to the Kuna or their language.

    ‘The school, which goes through 12th grade, has Kuna teachers but they are paid by the Panama government and are not allowed to teach the Kuna language or customs.’
    • ‘The Spanish-language questionnaires were translated into Embera and Kuna languages for surveyors who felt more comfortable working in their native language.’
    • ‘In 1925, the United States intervened in a revolt by Kuna Indians on the northeast Atlantic coast and established a tribal reserve.’
    • ‘The Kuna Comarca of Wargandi had three Kuna communities and 1,061 inhabitants.’
    • ‘Here is a Cuna legend reflecting the historic Cuna practice of Sun worship, which is no longer carried out today.’
    • ‘It was Kuna territory in 1600 when the Spaniards built a small fort at El Real to protect the river route to the gold mines in the Rio Tuira headwaters.’
    • ‘Embera, Wounaan, and Kuna leaders, coordinators, surveyors, and researchers all participated in an open but structured forum.’
    • ‘He intersperses such glimpses into contemporary Kuna life and culture with excerpts about what happened to Lionel Wafer.’
    • ‘Women maintain a revered and protected status in Kuna society and their reaching puberty is celebrated in a series of ancient rituals and feasts.’
    • ‘Despite friendly native Kuna Indians, the Spanish were angered by these upstart Scots broaching their main gold route out of South America.’
    • ‘Over at the Kuna tribe, the group find themselves at the mercy of nature and despite their attempts, led by Frieda and Meti, to construct a solution Mother Nature throws all sorts of obstacles at them.’
    • ‘The incident began on January 26, 2003, during a coming-of-age ceremony in Paya, a Kuna village inside the park.’
    • ‘The country's name, which means ‘land of plenty fish,’ may also come from the Cuna words panna mai, or ‘far away,’ a reply to Spaniards who wondered where to find gold.’
    • ‘The Kuna Indians of Panama consume up to five cups of cocoa a day and include cacao in many of their traditional recipes.’
    • ‘The Kuna natural resource specialist Nicanor Gonzalez, who worked with the research team, even helped develop a new mapping project in Bolivia.’
    • ‘On the Caribbean side there are the Sanblas Islands, inhabited by the Kuna Indian tribe.’
    • ‘The islands are part of Panama, but are primarily administered by the Cuna tribe.’
    • ‘The daughters of the Kuna people are prized because they will eventually bring additional manpower into the family.’
    • ‘The Kuna laws prohibit both investment access by non Kuna members and also limit the size of the industry.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, outside bounded reserves, 3 Embera-Wounaan and Kuna communities work for legal control of their lands.’


The name in Kuna.