Main definitions of japan in English

: japan1Japan2

japan1

noun

mass noun
  • 1A hard, dark, enamel-like varnish containing asphalt, used to give a black gloss to metal objects.

    1. 1.1 A kind of varnish in which pigments are ground, typically used to imitate lacquer on wood.
    2. 1.2 Articles made in a Japanese style, especially when decorated with lacquer or enamel-like varnish.
      lacquer, lac, shellac, japan, enamel, glaze, polish, oil, resin, wax
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verbjapanned, japans, japanning

[with object]
  • Cover (something) with a hard black varnish.

    ‘the pillars are to be japanned’
    • ‘Hepplewhite is most associated with pierced and shield-back chairs often with wheels, lyres, or Prince of Wales feathers, and painted or japanned work of gold on black.’
    • ‘This black varnish was applied presumably as an element of mourning, or, as Edwards suggested, either to match japanned furniture in the room or in reaction to the blackening of the silvering by tarnishing.’
    • ‘The red, black, and gold tones suggest lacquered or japanned decoration.’
    • ‘Although birds in landscapes are frequently found on Asian lacquer, the surrounding scrolled border is typically European and suggests that the piece is japanned.’
    • ‘As a result lacquered objects, mostly Japanese, but also those japanned in Europe appear in Dutch pictures more often than has previously been thought.’
    shiny, shining, gleaming, lustrous, bright, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, glistening, sleek, silky, silken, satiny, sheeny, smooth, glassy
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Origin

Late 17th century: from Japan.

Pronunciation

japan

/dʒəˈpan/

Main definitions of japan in English

: japan1Japan2

Japan2

proper noun

  • A country in East Asia, occupying a festoon of islands in the Pacific roughly parallel with the east coast of the Asiatic mainland; population 126,600,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Japanese; capital, Tokyo.

    Japanese name Nippon

From the late 19th century Japan began a modernizing process which eventually made it into a major world power. It fought wars against China (1894–5) and Russia (1904–5), and after the First World War occupied Manchuria (1931) and invaded China (1937). Japan entered the Second World War on the Axis side with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The country surrendered in 1945 after the dropping of atom bombs by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan is now the most highly industrialized country and the leading economic power in the region

Pronunciation

Japan

/dʒəˈpan/