Main definitions of japan in English

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  • 1A hard, dark, enamellike 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 enamellike varnish.
      lacquer, lac, shellac, japan, enamel, glaze, polish, oil, resin, wax
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  • Cover (something) with a hard black varnish.

    ‘a japanned tin tray’
    • ‘The red, black, and gold tones suggest lacquered or japanned decoration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although birds in landscapes are frequently found on Asian lacquer, the surrounding scrolled border is typically European and suggests that the piece is japanned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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Late 17th century: from Japan.




Main definitions of japan in English

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proper noun

  • A country in eastern Asia that occupies a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean roughly parallel with the eastern coast of the Asiatic mainland; population 126,600,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Tokyo; official language, Japanese.

    Japanese name Nippon