See also: japán, Japan, and Japán

EnglishEdit

 
Sign advertising a japanned toilet stand
 
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EtymologyEdit

From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of East Asian processes. Sense “to ordain” in reference to the black clothes worn by the clergy.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

japan (countable and uncountable, plural japans)

  1. A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 64:
      My own apartment, however, I was allowed to enter; and very pretty, I must say, it is. It is hung with Indian-silk, where the brightest of birds, and the gayest of flowers, disport themselves on a white ground. The screens and dressing-table are of black japan, while the mirror is set in exquisite silver filigree work, of which material are also the boxes of my toilette.
  2. Lacquerware.

VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To varnish with japan.
  2. (UK, 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 — []

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Japan +‎ -an

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

japan c

  1. A person from Japan.

DeclensionEdit

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

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