japan

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See also: japán, Japan, and Japán

English[edit]

Sign advertising a japanned toilet stand
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Etymology[edit]

  • From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of East Asian processes.
  • (to ordain): In reference to the black clothes worn by the clergy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dʒəˈpæn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æn

Noun[edit]

japan (countable and uncountable, plural japans)

  1. A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.
  2. Lacquerware.

Verb[edit]

japan (third-person singular simple present japans, present participle japanning, simple past and past participle japanned)

  1. (transitive) To varnish with japan.
  2. (Britain, slang, transitive, obsolete, religion) To ordain.
    • 1826, George Colman, The Connoisseur (page 179)
      Jack, hearing that I was in this part of the world, sent me a very hearty letter, informing me, that he had been double-japanned (as he called it) about a year ago, and was the present incumbent of — []

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  • japan at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Japan +‎ -an

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

japan c

  1. A person from Japan.

Declension[edit]

Declension of japan 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative japan japanen japaner japanerna
Genitive japans japanens japaners japanernas

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