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


a hot cup of java

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, the coffee shop would neither confirm or deny if Mendes popped-in for some java. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Shawn Mendes sightings swirl around Houston before his concert, and one fan seems to have found him," 25 July 2019 Wednesday’s tour stop wasn’t the first time Jackman has surprised fans with java — the Greatest Showman actor also served coffee to fans in Chicago last month. Helen Murphy,, "Man of the People! Hugh Jackman Serves Coffee to Fans During Tour Stop in Denver," 11 July 2019 First, sipping java throughout the day without regard to the rest of your diet will probably not yield results. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Can the Coffee Diet Really Help With Weight Loss—and Is It Safe?," 19 July 2019 Turn your first cup of java into a fortifying morning ritual reserved for you and you alone. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Will Help Busy Moms Slow Down," 11 Sep. 2019 Rhode Island A cup of Joe isn't necessary to get your java fix in this state. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 The coffee shop operates like any other java joint in town, open during business hours and no need for reservations. Mary Colurso |, al, "Alabama’s first cat cafe, Gatos and Beans, aims to make animal lovers purr," 2 Aug. 2019 The casual Northwoods Roasterie serves up java, as well as Norweigan waffles that have a cult following. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 The java program is quite impressive, with smooth daily brews and pour overs from a variety of coffee roasters and producers around the world. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019

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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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