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japan

adjective ja·pan \ jə-ˈpan \

Definition of japan

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

First Known Use of japan

1673

in the meaning defined above

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japan

noun

Definition of japan

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 : work (such as lacquerware) finished and decorated in the Japanese manner

First Known Use of japan

1688

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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japan

verb

Definition of japan

japanned; japanning
1 : to cover with or as if with a coat of japan
2 : to give a high gloss to

japanner

noun

First Known Use of japan

1703

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Japan

geographical name Ja·pan \ jə-ˈpan , ja- \
variants: or Japanese Nippon play \ni-ˈpän, nē-ˈpȯⁿ\ or Nihon play \nē-ˈhȯn\

Definition of Japan

country in eastern Asia comprising Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku, and other islands in the western Pacific; a constitutional monarchy; capital Tokyo area 143,619 square miles (371,973 square kilometers), population 128,057,352
see also japanese


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