ge·​ne·​va jə-ˈnē-və How to pronounce geneva (audio)
: a highly aromatic bitter gin originally made in the Netherlands

Word History


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

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geneva was in 1705

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Cite this Entry

“Geneva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ge·​ne·​va jə-ˈnē-və How to pronounce Geneva (audio)
variants or French Genève or German Genf
canton of southwestern Switzerland area 109 square miles (282 square kilometers), population 469,000
city and capital of the canton of Geneva, at the southwestern tip of Lake Geneva on the Rhône River population 187,000
Genevese adjective or noun

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