From Latin Genua, as the city was known by the ancient Ligurians; probably from the Ancient Ligurian word for “knee”, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵnéwo- (“knee”), a thematic derivative of Proto-Indo-European *ǵónu, in this sense “angle”, from its geographical position, thus akin to Geneva.
- A province of Liguria, Italy.
- A city and capital of Genoa, and also the capital of Liguria.
- A placename in the US and elsewhere.
The pronunciations with the stress on the second syllable are considered nonstandard.