Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
  2. (noun, artifact) lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
  3. (noun, location) a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
  4. (noun, location) a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
  5. (verb, creation) coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan

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Alternate forms of Japan

Derivations: japan

Hypernyms: lacquer, lacquerware

Origin of the word Japan

  1. 1577, via Port. Japao, Du. Japan, acquired in Malacca from Malay Japang, from Chinese jih pun "sunrise" (equivalent of Japanese Nippon), from jih "sun" + pun "origin." Earliest form in Europe was Marco Polo's Chipangu. Colloquial abbreviation Jap is from 1880, not originally pejorative but became so during World War… more

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