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[juh-nee-vuh] /dʒəˈni və/
Origin of geneva
1700-10; < Dutch genever < Old French genevre < Latin jūniperus juniper


[juh-nee-vuh] /dʒəˈni və/
a city in and the capital of the canton of Geneva, in SW Switzerland, on the Lake of Geneva: seat of the League of Nations 1920–46.
a canton in SW Switzerland. 109 sq. mi. (282 sq. km).
Lake of. Also called Lake Leman. a lake between SW Switzerland and France. 45 miles (72 km) long; 225 sq. mi. (583 sq. km).
a city in central New York.
a female given name.
French Genève (for defs 1–3). Unabridged
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  • Within a few hours we three were at the seat of the World Government at geneva.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • She promised to write to us to geneva, as we were returning there.

  • In geneva cats prowl about the streets like dogs at Constantinople.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He has a fine geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I doubted it; but I would have gone off cheerfully to fetch him from the other end of geneva.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for geneva


a city in SW Switzerland, in the Rhône valley on Lake Geneva: centre of Calvinism; headquarters of the International Red Cross (1864), the International Labour Office (1925), the League of Nations (1929–46), the World Health Organization, and the European office of the United Nations; banking centre. Pop: 177 500 (2002 est)
a canton in SW Switzerland. Capital: Geneva. Pop: 419 300 (2002 est). Area: 282 sq km (109 sq miles) French name Genève German name Genf
Lake Geneva, a lake between SW Switzerland and E France: fed and drained by the River Rhône, it is the largest of the Alpine lakes; the surface is subject to considerable changes of level. Area: 580 sq km (224 sq miles) French name Lac Léman German name Genfersee
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Word Origin and History for geneva


city in Switzerland, from Latin Genava, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "estuary" or one meaning "bend;" in either case a reference to its situation. The city was the headquarters of the League of Nations from 1920. The original Geneva Convention to introduce humanitarian conduct in modern warfare dates from 1864; the most recent update was in 1949. The Geneva Protocol is a League of Nations document meant to settle international disputes; it dates from 1924. Earlier the city was associated with Calvinism. Meaning "gin" is from 1706 (see gin (n.1)).

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Geneva definition

City in southwestern Switzerland, lying on the western end of Lake Geneva, where the Rhone River leaves the lake.

Note: Because of Switzerland's strict neutrality, Geneva provides an impartial meeting ground for representatives of other nations.
Note: The city housed the headquarters of the League of Nations in the Palace of Nations, which is now the European headquarters of the United Nations.
Note: The International Labor Organization, the International Red Cross, and the World Council of Churches are also based in Geneva.
Note: Under the leadership of John Calvin in the sixteenth century, Geneva was the center of Protestantism.
Note: The Geneva Accords were a group of four agreements made in 1954, ending seven and a half years of war in Indochina.
Note: The Geneva Conventions, signed first in 1864 and then in 1906, 1929, 1949, and 1977, provide rules for the humane treatment of prisoners and wounded persons during a war.
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