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japan

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adjective ja·pan \jə-ˈpan\

Definition of japan

  1. :  of, relating to, or originating in Japan :  of a kind or style characteristic of Japanese workmanship




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japan

noun ja·pan

Definition of japan

  1. 1 a :  any of several varnishes yielding a hard brilliant finish b :  a hard dark coating containing asphalt and a drier that is used especially on metal and fixed by heating —called also japan black

  2. 2 :  work (as lacquer ware) finished and decorated in the Japanese manner



1688

First Known Use of japan

1688


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japan

verb ja·pan

Definition of japan

japannedjapanning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with or as if with a coat of japan

  3. 2 :  to give a high gloss to

japanner noun


1703

First Known Use of japan

1703


Japan

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geographical name Ja·pan \jə-ˈpan, ja-\

Definition of Japan

  1. country E Asia comprising Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku, & other islands in the W Pacific; a constitutional monarchy ∗ Tokyo area 143,619 square miles (371,973 square kilometers), pop 127,756,815




JAPAN Defined for Kids

Japan

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geographical name Ja·pan \jə-ˈpan, ji-, ja-\

Definition of Japan for Students

  1. country E Asia made up of islands in the W Pacific; capital, Tokyo





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