japan

adjective
ja·pan | \jə-ˈpan \

Definition of japan 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

japan

noun

Definition of japan (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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

japan

verb
japanned; japanning

Definition of japan (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a coat of japan

2 : to give a high gloss to

Japan

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

Definition of Japan (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Other Words from japan

Verb

japanner noun

First Known Use of japan

Adjective

1673, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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