English[edit]

a satellite image showing Japan

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in English as Giapan in Richard Willes’s 1577 The History of Travayle in the West and East Indies (cited in Peter C. Mancall’s Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery, pp. 156–57), translating a 19 February 1565 letter of the Portuguese Jesuit missionary Luís Fróis as “Of the Ilande of Giapan”.

Derived from Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本, likely from an earlier stage of modern Cantonese 日本 (Jat6-bun2) or Min Nan 日本 (Ji̍t-pún), from Middle Chinese 日本 (Nyit-pwón, literally origin of the sun). Compare also Mandarin 日本 (Rìběn), Japanese 日本 (Nippon, Nihon), Korean 일본 (Ilbon), Vietnamese Nhật Bản.

The earliest form of “Japan” in Europe was Marco Polo’s Cipangu, from some form of synonymous Sinitic 日本國 (“nation of Japan”).

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Wikivoyage

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Japan

  1. An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located to the east of China, Korea and Russia.
    Synonyms: Jap., Jpn., Land of the Rising Sun, Japonia, Nihon, Nippon, Yamato, State of Japan, Chrysanthemum Nation

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  • Appendix:Countries of the world
  • (countries of Asia) country of Asia; Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
  • (prefectures of Japan) Japan; Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Ehime, Fukui, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Gifu, Gunma, Hiroshima, Hokkaidō, Hyōgo, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kagawa, Kagoshima, Kanagawa, Kōchi, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Mie, Miyagi, Miyazaki, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nara, Niigata, Ōita, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka, Saga, Saitama, Shiga, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokushima, Tokyo, Tottori, Toyama, Wakayama, Yamagata, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi
  • Appendix:Place names in Japan

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan

  1. Japan

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan

  1. Japan (An island nation in the Pacific Ocean)

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Etymology[edit]

From Malay Jepang, from Chinese 日本.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jaːˈpɑn/
  • Hyphenation: Ja‧pan
  • Rhymes: -ɑn

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Japan n

  1. Japan

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish Japan, from Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan

  1. (geography) Japan (An island nation in the Pacific Ocean)

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan n (genitive Japans)

  1. Japan (a country in East Asia)

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan n

  1. Japan
    Ég fer til Japans.

    I’m going to Japan.
    Hvar er Japan staðsett á kortinu?

    Where is Japan located on the map?

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Japanese[edit]

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Japan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ジャパン

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan

  1. Japan

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan

  1. Japan

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jǎpaːn/
  • Hyphenation: Ja‧pan

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Jàpān m (Cyrillic spelling Ја̀па̄н)

  1. Japan

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Swahili[edit]

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Japan

  1. Alternative form of Japani

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本.

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Japan n (genitive Japans)

  1. Japan

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