gen·​oa ˈje-nə-wə How to pronounce genoa (audio)
: a large jib that overlaps the mainsail and is used especially in racing

Word History


Genoa, Italy

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of genoa was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Genoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Gen·​oa ˈje-nō-ə How to pronounce Genoa (audio)
variants or Italian Genova or ancient Genua
commune and port in northwestern Italy; capital of Liguria at the foot of the Apennines and at the head of the Gulf of Genoa (an arm of the Ligurian Sea) population 586,180
Genoese adjective or noun
Genovese adjective or noun

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