Main definitions of genoa in English

: genoa1Genoa2


Pronunciation /ˈdʒɛnəʊə//dʒɛˈnəʊə/


  • 1Sailing
    A large jib or foresail whose foot extends aft of the mast, used especially on racing yachts.

    • ‘The Swan 36 comes with a fully battened mainsail and roller furling genoa as standard equipment.’
    • ‘Some have added an overlapping genoa to help in this regard, but these are not allowed by one-design racing rules which limit the sail inventory.’
    • ‘I have seen others opt for a cutter-type arrangement leaving the small jib and adding a genoa.’
    • ‘The fear was put into perspective by one crew member who believed when he heard the flapping of the genoa caused by the halyard coming away that there was a helicopter overhead to rescue us.’
    • ‘You will not win any popularity contests in your anchorage when (not if) the genoa unfurls in the middle of a storm.’
  • 2A rich fruit cake with almonds on top.

    • ‘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.’




Main definitions of genoa in English

: genoa1Genoa2


proper noun

  • A seaport on the north-western coast of Italy, capital of Liguria region; population 611,171 (2008). It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

    Italian name Genova