ge·​ne·​va | \ jə-ˈnē-və How to pronounce geneva (audio) \

Definition of geneva

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a highly aromatic bitter gin originally made in the Netherlands


geographical name
Ge·​ne·​va | \ jə-ˈnē-və How to pronounce Geneva (audio) \
variants: or French Genève \ zhə-​ˈnev How to pronounce Genève (audio) \ or German Genf \ ˈgenf How to pronounce Genf (audio) \

Definition of Geneva (Entry 2 of 2)

1 canton of southwestern Switzerland area 109 square miles (282 square kilometers), population 469,000
2 city and capital of the canton of Geneva, at the southwestern tip of Lake Geneva on the Rhône River population 187,000

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Genevese \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈvēz How to pronounce Genevese (audio) , -​ˈvēs \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of geneva


1705, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geneva


modification of obsolete Dutch genever (now jenever), literally, juniper, from Middle Dutch, from Old French geneivre, ultimately from Latin juniperus

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“Geneva.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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