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

The couple told The Daily Meal that their love of music eclipses even their love for java, and McMahan said yes after an Oh Hellos concert. Fox News, "Millennials celebrate engagement at Starbucks where they worked for coffee-filled photo shoot," 11 Apr. 2018 Keep in mind, though, that java isn't a miracle brew: Downing it after dinner won't make the pounds melt away; rather, sipping a cup post-meal could, in small part, help promote a healthy weight. 3. Amanda Greene Kelly, Woman's Day, "7 Surprising Health Facts About Coffee," 7 Nov. 2011 In these java shops, my biggest challenge is hunting down an open seat. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "Will the Smartphone Ever Truly Replace Your Beloved Wallet?," 2 Aug. 2018 Throughout the country, companies are treating customers to free and discounted java and treats. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Where to Get Free Coffee and Deals on National Coffee Day," 27 Sep. 2018 Cumberland Farms: Customers can score a free hot or iced java on National Coffee Day after texting FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receiving a mobile coupon. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "National Coffee Day 2018: Where to get free java," 22 Sep. 2018 Jewel Café + Bar This speciality coffee purveyor has carved out a reputation for stellar java and great burgers in an industrial-chic setting. Annette Tan, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Cafes in Singapore," 4 Mar. 2018 The never-ending good news about java could ease your worries, if not your jitters. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012 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

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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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