any of various hard, durable, black varnishes, originally from Japan, for coating wood, metal, or other surfaces.
work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner.
Japans, a variety of decorative motifs or patterns derived from Asian sources, used on English porcelain of the 18th and 19th centuries.
of or relating to japan.
to varnish with japan; lacquer.
to coat with any material that gives a hard, black gloss.
- ja·pan·ner, noun
- un·ja·panned, adjective
Other definitions for Japan (2 of 3)
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How to use japan in a sentence
The flame is supposed to travel through all of japan’s 47 prefectures before arriving in Tokyo for the July 23 Opening Ceremonies.Shhh: No cheering or shouting at Tokyo Olympic torch relay. But clapping allowed. | Simon Denyer | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Shortly after the TV series completed airing, the manga ended an 11-year-streak held by One Piece to become japan’s best-selling manga of the year in 2019, according to the Oricon chart.Everything to Know About Demon Slayer: The Manga, TV Series and Record-Breaking Film | Kat Moon | February 24, 2021 | Time
The senator singles out japan as a place that could buy more American goods, and points to Malaysia and Vietnam as having labor forces that could produce these goods at competitive prices.
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was the driving force behind japan’s Games, resigned last year because of poor health.Female Olympian to head Tokyo Games after predecessor’s ouster for sexist remarks | Simon Denyer | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
The 84-year-old Kawabuchi played soccer for japan in the 1964 Olympics and now heads the athletes’ village for the Games.Japan Olympics chief who said women talk too much will resign over remarks, reports say | Simon Denyer, Julia Mio Inuma | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
In japan, one woman said she liked the experience of marrying herself as an exercise in pampering.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It happened on Glee and in Sex and The City, and now in japan women can marry themselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the U.S. went to war with japan, American movies disappeared.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What started as a confectionary is now the oldest know restaurant in japan.
Further, unlike leagues in japan, South Korea or Mexico, there are no foreign players.Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players? | Ben Jacobs | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I shipped for a voyage to japan and China, and spent several more years trying to penetrate the forbidden fastnesses of Tibet.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
Fujiyama, the noted volcano of japan, is twelve thousand three hundred and sixty-five feet high.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The embassy for japan—with a gift, which shall not seem an acknowledgment—you say, could not be sent off last year, which is well.
The trench mortars—bomb guns they call them—will be ready in japan in two and a half months' time.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Now we're saddled with about thirty thousand of them, and more coming on every steamer from Honolulu and japan.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for japan (1 of 2)
a glossy durable black lacquer originally from the Orient, used on wood, metal, etc
work decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner
a liquid used as a paint drier
relating to or varnished with japan
(tr) to lacquer with japan or any similar varnish
British Dictionary definitions for Japan (2 of 2)
an archipelago and empire in E Asia, extending for 3200 km (2000 miles) between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific and consisting of the main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu and over 3000 smaller islands: feudalism abolished in 1871, followed by industrialization and expansion of territories, esp during World Wars I and II, when most of SE Asia came under Japanese control; dogma of the emperor's divinity abolished in 1946 under a new democratic constitution; rapid economic growth has made Japan the most industrialized nation in the Far East. Official language: Japanese. Religion: Shintoist majority, large Buddhist minority. Currency: yen. Capital: Tokyo. Pop: 127 253 075 (2013 est). Area: 369 660 sq km (142 726 sq miles): Japanese names: Nippon, Nihon
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Cultural definitions for Japan
Island nation in the northwest Pacific Ocean off the coast of east Asia, separated by the Sea of Japan from Russian Siberia, China, and Korea. The Japanese archipelago includes four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku) as well as many smaller islands. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo.
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