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[nee-pawn; English ni-pon, nip-on] /niˈpɔn; English nɪˈpɒn, ˈnɪp ɒn/
a Japanese name of Japan.
Origin of Nippon
< Japanese, earlier nit-pon < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese sun + běn origin Unabridged
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  • The case of the submarine commander of Nippon was different.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Nippon Kane ('the Japanese brass'); it is the Japanese brass that is sounding!

  • The girl was free to come and go, of course, but the ancient enemy of Nippon would not pass the elevator door.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • Bring your boat closer and tell me, Fisherman, what is your pastime now in Nippon?

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • It is always the paternalistic arm of the Government round every little son of Nippon, or the embrace of his family.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • “Ees, sair,” and the little son of Nippon stood stiffly at attention.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • Such the tradition of the personality of these three men handed down in Nippon's history.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • He, too, had heard of Jubei Dono; he who posed as the great man of Nippon.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • Tramping the land all summer to Nippon's varied shrines and sights, now they were on the return to their home in Michinoku (Ōshū).

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for Nippon


transliteration of a Japanese name for Japan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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