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  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒəˈniːvə/
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  • Rhymes: -iːvə

Etymology 1[edit]

canton of Geneva (sense 2)

Mentioned in Latin texts as Genava. Probably via a Proto-Celtic *genwā from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénw-eh₂ (knee), a derivative of *ǵónu in the sense of a bending river or estuary, possibly akin to Genoa.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The capital city of Geneva canton, Switzerland.
  2. A canton of Switzerland.
    Synonym: canton of Geneva
  3. The largest lake in Switzerland: see Lake Geneva.
  4. A number of places in the United States, including:
    1. A city, the county seat of Geneva County, Alabama.
    2. A city, the county seat of Kane County, Illinois.
    3. A city, the county seat of Fillmore County, Nebraska.
    4. A city and town in Ontario County, New York, an area of water in the city is in Seneca County.
    5. A town in Walworth County, Wisconsin; see also Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a city nearby.
  5. A female given name transferred from the place name or confused with Genevieve or Ginevra.
  6. (by ellipsis) The Geneva Convention.
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Etymology 2[edit]


Geneva (countable and uncountable, plural Genevas)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of geneva (gin, jenever)
    • [c. 1800], J. Bisset, “Dandy Actors”, in Dandyism Displayed, or The Follies of the Ton; [], London: [] [John] Duncombe, [], →OCLC, page 8:
      Let our actor, in the true spirit of imitating his betters, follow the example of the great Mr. K⁠—⁠n; that is, let him roll about through the day from pot-house to pot-house like a rumbling old beer barrel, with ten or a dozen noggins of Geneva in his pate.