What does Japan mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Japan, Japanese Islands, Japanese Archipelago(noun)

    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

  2. Japan, Nippon, Nihon(noun)

    a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building

  3. japan(noun)

    lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer

  4. japan(verb)

    lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient

  5. japan(verb)

    coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan


  1. Japan(ProperNoun)

    An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located the east of China, Korea and Russia.

    Etymology: From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of oriental (East Asian) processes.

  2. japan(Noun)

    A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.

    Etymology: From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of oriental (East Asian) processes.

  3. japan(Noun)

    Lacquer ware.

    Etymology: From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of oriental (East Asian) processes.

  4. japan(Verb)

    To varnish with japan.

    Etymology: From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of oriental (East Asian) processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Japan(noun)

    work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the varnish or lacquer used in japanning

    Etymology: [From Japan, the country.]

  2. Japan(adj)

    of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, Japan ware

    Etymology: [From Japan, the country.]

  3. Japan(verb)

    to cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the manner of the Japanese; to lacquer

    Etymology: [From Japan, the country.]

  4. Japan(verb)

    to give a glossy black to, as shoes

    Etymology: [From Japan, the country.]


  1. Japan

    Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other nations followed by long periods of isolation has characterized Japan's history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military dictatorships in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, which was only ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. Nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection followed before the Meiji Emperor was restored as head of state in 1868 and the Empire of Japan was proclaimed, with the Emperor as a divine symbol of the nation. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victory in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism. The Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since adopting its revised constitution in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected legislature called the Diet.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Japan

    ja-pan′, v.t. to varnish after the manner of the Japanese′, or people of Japan: to make black and glossy:—pr.p. japan′ning; pa.p. japanned′.n. work japanned: the varnish or lacquer used in japanning.—ns. Japan′-earth, or Terra japonica, gambier; Japan′ner.—Japan lacquer, or Black japan, a hard jet-black lacquer, for sheet-metal, made of asphaltum, linseed-oil, and varnish; Japanned leather, same as patent leather (see Patent).

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Japan

    an island empire of the N. Pacific, lying along the E. coast of Asia, and separated from Corea and Primorsk by the Sea of Japan, consists of Honshiu (31,000), Shikoku (3,000), Kyushu (6,000), Yezo (314), and 4000 small islands; though not of volcanic origin, the islands are the most mountainous in the world, have many volcanoes and sulphur springs, and are subject to earthquakes; they are very picturesque, and have peaks from 8000 to 12,000 ft. high; the rivers are too swift for navigation; the coast, not much indented, has yet some good harbours; the valleys are well wooded, but the soil not very fertile; temperature and climate are various; nowhere is the heat intense, but in some parts the winter is very cold; there is much rain, but on the whole it is healthy; the chief industry is agriculture; farming is careful and intelligent; rice, cereals, pulse, tea, cotton, and tobacco are raised, and many fruits; gold, silver, all the useful metals, coal, granite, some decorative stones are found, but good building-stone is scarce; the manufacture of porcelain, lacquer-work, and silk is extensive, and in some artistic work the Japanese are unrivalled; the chief ports are Yokohama (143), on the E. of Honshiu, which has grown up since 1854, when the country was opened to trade; and Hyogo (143), on the S. coast of the same island, where are also shipbuilding yards; the chief exports are tea, silk, and rice; imports cotton, woollen, iron goods, and chemicals; the Japanese, sprung from an ancient union of Tartars with Ainos and with S. Malays, are a kindly, courteous, law-abiding folk, with highly developed artistic tastes; education is compulsory, and well provided for; religion is Shintoism and Buddhism, but Christianity is gaining rapid ground; the government is in the hands of the Mikado, who rules now with the aid of ministers and two houses of parliament; education, government, army, and navy—indeed the whole modern civilisation of the country—is on Western lines, though until 1853 foreigners were excluded; a civil war in 1867-68 effected the change from the old feudalism, and the amazing success of Japan in the war against China in 1894 has proved that the new civilisation is no mere veneer; the capital is Tokyo (1,162).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. japan

    An Asiatic empire, composed of Japan, or Niphon, and 3850 isles, with nearly 40,000,000 inhabitants. For military events in Japan, see separate articles in this book.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Japan

    A Western corruption, through the Portuguese Gepuen, of the native name Niphon, or “land of the rising sun.” The brilliant black varnish called “Japan” was first made by the people of the Far East.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Japan' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1548

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Japan' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4788

How to pronounce Japan?

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How to say Japan in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Japan in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Japan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Japan in a Sentence

  1. Stefan Worrall:

    There's no question that the U.S. has experienced a substantial rebound and that has set the tone for this morning's trading in terms of instilling confidence in the broader outlook, that the market has chosen to focus on U.S. strength rather than Japan's weak January trade data suggests that a lot of negativity had already been priced in, which isn't surprising considering the terrible sell-off we saw in the beginning of this year.

  2. Carlos Ghosn:

    Imagine if you're a foreign CEO being recruited into Brand Japan, can we say,' evacuation insurance ?'.

  3. Jeremy Wilcox:

    The fall in consumption in Japan is mainly down to slower economic growth, at the same time, increased focus on energy efficiency is really starting to constrain imports.

  4. Kukhee Choo:

    Sex is seen as dirty and corrupting in Japan, my students can't use the word' penis' or' vagina,' and if a woman expresses any knowledge or interest in sex, you're seen as a fallen women. Men don't talk about it, either.

  5. Nobuo Tanaka:

    Japan cannot excuse itself in Paris COP21 by saying 'sorry we don't have nuclear power so we can't reduce CO2 emissions'.

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    in or of the month preceding the present one
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. unsealed
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