ja·​va ˈja-və How to pronounce java (audio) ˈjä- How to pronounce java (audio)
variants or less commonly Java
: coffee
usually Java : arabica coffee beans of plants grown in Java, Indonesia that produce a usually full-bodied coffee of low to medium acidity

Examples of java in a Sentence

a hot cup of java
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Word History


Java, island of Indonesia

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of java was in 1805

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Cite this Entry

“Java.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ja·​va ˈjä-və How to pronounce Java (audio)
variants or Indonesian Djawa
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

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