There are 2 main definitions of genoa in English:

Share this entry

genoa 1

Line breaks: genoa
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnəʊə/
/dʒɛˈnəʊə/

noun

1 (also genoa jib) Sailing A large jib or foresail whose foot extends aft of the mast, used especially on racing yachts.
Example sentences
  • The Swan 36 comes with a fully battened mainsail and roller furling genoa as standard equipment.
  • I have seen others opt for a cutter-type arrangement leaving the small jib and adding a genoa.
  • You will not win any popularity contests in your anchorage when (not if) the genoa unfurls in the middle of a storm.
2 (also Genoa cake) A rich fruit cake with almonds on top.
Example sentences
  • Lighter cakes, made with less fruit, to be eaten at teatime or for snacks, include Genoa cake.
  • John had put the coffee and Genoa cake on it, with little doilies.
  • As usual, we shared our selection, a piece of apricot and almond sponge and a square of Genoa cake which was full of fruit.

Words that rhyme with genoa

snowblower • lawnmower

Definition of genoa in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of genoa in English:

Share this entry

Genoa 2 Line breaks: Genoa
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnəʊə/
A seaport on the NW coast of Italy, capital of Liguria region; population 611,171 (2008). It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Italian name Genova.

Definition of genoa in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources