ja·​va | \ ˈja-və How to pronounce java (audio) , ˈjä- How to pronounce java (audio) , -vē \
variants: or less commonly Java

Definition of java

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coffee
2 usually Java : arabica coffee beans of plants grown in Java, Indonesia that produce a usually full-bodied coffee of low to medium acidity


geographical name
Ja·​va | \ ˈjä-və How to pronounce Java (audio) , ˈja- \
variants: or Indonesian Djawa \ ˈjä-​və How to pronounce Djawa (audio) \

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

Noun a hot cup of java
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The trade-off is a less ambitious bot: A voice recognition AI for a coffee maker only needs to recognize about 200 words, all related to the task of brewing java. Clive Thompson, Wired, "Worried About Privacy at Home? There's an AI for That," 21 Jan. 2020 Cleveland, 216-795-5345 COFFEE OR TEA? Flury’s Café (coffee) and Element 41 (tea) There's a lot of java out there. cleveland, "A perfect Cleveland fantasy brunch, all in one meal (photos)," 23 Feb. 2020 Looking ahead to Sunday, enjoy free java to celebrate National Coffee Day. Doreen Christensen,, "Freebie Friday: Free Outback steaks, free subs and free gift cards at Costco and Target," 27 Sep. 2019 Also, Amazon wants different types of java developers from Infosys. Quartz India, "Hitesh Oberoi on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020 The beer delivers a huge java blast, with the jitters mellowed at a sippable 5.6 percent alcohol by volume. Paul Stephen,, "Coffee and beer bubble as one in new release from Independence Brewing Co.," 29 Jan. 2020 There has been a revolution in coffee making over the past decade, with one’s choice and style of java becoming about as personalized as his or her fingerprints. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Make Barista-Grade Coffee in Camp," 8 Jan. 2020 In addition to strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and mango shakes, there’s a java shake that Blocher named after his lack of hairline. Johnny Diaz,, "Four items to try at Knaus Berry Farm — along with the famous cinnamon rolls, of course," 17 Oct. 2019 Coffee offers a variety of roasts and blends for java lovers. NBC News, "Giving Tuesday 2019: 23 unique gifts that give back to those in need," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of java


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for java


Java, island of Indonesia

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“Java.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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