How to pronounce


  • American Pronunciation: /ˈɡɛn.əˌsær.ɛt/
    • Breakdown: GEN-uh-sar-et
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈɡɛn.ɪˌsær.ɪt/
    • Breakdown: GEN-i-sar-it

Both pronunciations emphasize the first syllable, with the main difference lying in the treatment of the second syllable, which is slightly more open in American English and more closed in British English.

Definition of


The word Gennesaret is a proper noun that refers to a body of water in Israel, also known as the Sea of Galilee. It can also be used as an adjective to describe something as related to or located near that body of water. Example 1 (noun): "The fishermen set out on the crystal blue waters of Gennesaret to catch their daily haul." Example 2 (adjective): "The Gennesaret region is known for its picturesque landscape and abundance of fresh seafood."

What does it mean


The name "Gennesaret" likely derives from the Hebrew or Aramaic "Ginosar," meaning "garden of riches" or "protected garden," which reflects the area's reputation for fertility and natural protection by the surrounding geographical features. This rich, lush area was historically important for agriculture, and its name underscores the contrast between the fertile lands and the broader, more arid regions of Galilee. The use of "Gennesaret" in historical and religious texts highlights its significance in early Jewish and Christian narratives.

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