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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, 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 city, the county seat of Geneva County, Alabama, United States.
  5. A city, the county seat of Kane County, Illinois, United States.
  6. A city, the county seat of Fillmore County, Nebraska, United States.
  7. A town in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States; see also Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a city nearby.
  8. A female given name transferred from the place name or confused with Genevieve or Ginevra.
  9. (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)