Geneva convention
Geneva Ge*ne"va, prop. n. The chief city of Switzerland. [1913 Webster]

{Geneva Bible}, a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed in Roman type instead of the ancient black letter, the first which recognized the division into verses, and the first which omitted the Apocrypha. In form it was a small quarto, and soon superseded the large folio of Cranmer's translation. Called also {Genevan Bible}.

{Geneva convention} (Mil.), an agreement made by representatives of the great continental powers at Geneva and signed in 1864, establishing new and more humane regulation regarding the treatment of the sick and wounded and the status of those who minister to them in war. Ambulances and military hospitals are made neutral, and this condition affects physicians, chaplains, nurses, and the ambulance corps. Great Britain signed the convention in 1865.

{Geneva cross} (Mil.), a red Greek cross on a white ground; -- the flag and badge adopted in the Geneva convention. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Geneva Convention — an international convention adopted in Geneva. There have been a number of these. The one most likely to be encountered by the general public is that on treatment of prisoners of war. As a convention it is part of international law. Other notable …   Law dictionary

  • Geneva Convention — Geneva Con|ven|tion, the a set of agreements that establish rules for how people should be treated during wars, especially if they are wounded or taken prisoner. The Geneva Convention was first written in Geneva, Switzerland, in the 19th century… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Geneva Convention — n. an international agreement signed at Geneva in 1864, establishing a code, later revised, for the care and treatment in wartime of the sick, wounded, and dead, and of prisoners of war, including protection of civilians and of hospitals, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • Geneva Convention — (1864)    The Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, known as the Geneva Convention, had as its goals the protection of the vulnerable in wartime and the prevention of unnecessary… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • Geneva Convention — n. an international agreement first made at Geneva in 1864 and later revised, governing the status and treatment of captured and wounded military personnel in wartime. * * * Geneva Convention 7 [Geneva Convention] [dʒəˌniːvə kənˈvenʃn] [dʒəˌniːvə …   Useful english dictionary

  • Geneva convention — noun Date: 1880 one of a series of agreements concerning the treatment of prisoners of war and of the sick, wounded, and dead in battle first made at Geneva, Switzerland in 1864 and subsequently accepted in later revisions by most nations …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Geneva Convention — one of a series of international agreements, first made in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1864, establishing rules for the humane treatment of prisoners of war and of the sick, the wounded, and the dead in battle. * * * …   Universalium

  • Geneva Convention — An international agreement formed at meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1864 and 1906, relating (among medical subjects) to the safeguarding of the wounded in battle, of those having the care of them, and of the buildings in which they are being …   Medical dictionary

  • Geneva Convention — agreements that were signed in Geneva which set rules on how to deal with victims of war …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Geneva Convention — Gene′va Conven′tion n. gov mil one of a series of international agreements, first made in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1864, establishing rules for the humane treatment of prisoners of war and of the sick, the wounded, and the dead in battle …   From formal English to slang

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