from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of northwest Italy on the Gulf of Genoa, an arm of the Ligurian Sea. An ancient settlement, Genoa flourished under the Romans and also enjoyed great prosperity during the Crusades. Today, it is Italy's chief port and a major commercial and industrial center.

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  • proper noun A province of Liguria, Italy.
  • proper noun A city and the capital of the province of Genoa, and also the capital of Liguria.
  • proper noun A placename.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a seaport in northwestern Italy; provincial capital of Liguria


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From Genua, as the city was known by the ancient Ligurians; probably from Ligurian word for "knee", from Proto-Indo-European *genu, knee, i.e., angle, from its geographical position, thus akin to Geneva.



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