ja·​va | \ˈja-və, ˈjä-, -vē \
variants: or less commonly Java

Definition of java 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: coffee


geographical name
Ja·​va | \ˈjä-və, ˈja-\
variants: or Indonesian Djawa \ ˈjä-​və \

Definition of Java (Entry 2 of 2)

island of Indonesia in the Greater Sunda Islands southeast of Sumatra and south of Borneo between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean; chief city Jakarta area 51,007 square miles (132,618 square kilometers), population 107,581,306

Examples of java in a Sentence


a hot cup of java

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Regardless of gender, the 502,641 participants aged 38 to 73 fared better with more java. Julie Mazziotta,, "Coffee Drinkers Are Less Likely to Die Early, Says New Study," 3 July 2018 Your Daily Dose of | Omakase Beloved Center City cafe Elixr is expanding with a new roastery and omakase coffee-tasting bar where baristas will craft unique flights for java fans. Aubrey Nagle,, "Philly schools focus on freshmen, food insecurity takes a toll on Philly neighborhoods | Morning Newsletter," 21 May 2018 Like a reviving sip of java, the new cafe by Stone Creek Coffee on N. Downer Ave. has revitalized a building (and a corner) that had been vacant since 2009. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 That finding, combined with the apparent longevity-boosting effect of decaf coffee, suggests that caffeine isn’t the life-lengthening mechanism at work in java, Loftfield said. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Drinking Coffee May Help You Live Longer, Study Says," 2 July 2018 The top-of-the-line Ascent touring’s $44,695 does include a cargo cover as well as fancy floor mats, wood trim, ambient interior illumination and a rich-looking exclusive brown leather upholstery called java. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 Our server, Ken, was helpful and knowledgeable about everything on the menu, right down to identifying the beans in the java Towneship uses from Jim’s Organic Coffee in Wareham. Paul E. Kandarian,, "Razor clam stuffies, anyone? How about lobster corn dogs, or seafood potage?," 21 June 2018 Wondering whether tonic’s best mate, gin, can join in the java mix? Grace Dickinson,, "Coffee and tonic: The fizzy iced drink for cooling down this summer," 24 May 2018 The alliance underlines Nestle's efforts to capture more upscale java drinkers in the U.S., where the maker of Nespresso and Nescafe has been outpaced by JAB Holding Co., "Nestle pays $7.2 billion to sell coffee with Starbucks brand," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of java


1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for java


Java, island of Indonesia

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