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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

1673

First Known Use of japan

1673


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japan

noun ja·pan

Definition of japan

  1. 1a :  any of several varnishes yielding a hard brilliant finishb :  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 (such as lacquerware) 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

japanned

;

japanning

  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 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

  1. —see also japanese

Variants of japan

or Japanese

Nippon

\ni-ˈpän, nē-ˈpȯⁿ\play or

Nihon

\nē-ˈhȯn\play

JAPAN Defined for English Language Learners


Japan

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

Definition of Japan for English Language Learners

  • : island country in Asia

  • the Sea of Japan : part of the Pacific Ocean


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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