Definition of Java by Merriam-Webster

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variants: or less commonly Java

Definition of java

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2 usually Java : arabica coffee beans of plants grown in Java, Indonesia that produce a usually full-bodied coffee of low to medium acidity Ja·​va | ˈjä-və How to pronounce Java (audio) , ˈja- variants: or Indonesian Djawa ˈjä-​və How to pronounce Djawa (audio)

Definition of Java (Entry 2 of 2)

island of Indonesia in the Greater Sunda Islands southeast of Sumatra and south of Borneo between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean; chief city Jakarta area 51,007 square miles (132,618 square kilometers), population 107,581,306

Examples of java in a Sentence

Noun a hot cup of java

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To take the edge off of flying, there are also boozy milkshakes in flavors like whiskey apple pie and Oreo java spiced rum. — Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, “Where to eat and drink at Denver International Airport while stuck during holiday travel,” 26 Nov. 2019 And as java’s legions of admirers have grown, its producers have refined and customized their offerings. — Jonathan Zeller, The New Yorker, “The Top Ten Hottest Coffee Roasts,” 25 Oct. 2019 Americans, who drink 400 million cups of coffee a day, will find a free jolt of java at these five places. — Los Angeles Times, “Where to get a free coffee and other deals Sunday on National Coffee Day,” 28 Sep. 2019 Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory, at 2310 Decatur, is now offering java with an optional $2 serving of CBD, 30 milligrams, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, according to a Monday release. — Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, “Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory adds CBD-infused coffee drinks to menu,” 13 Sep. 2019 Take it outside, Part 2 Start Sunday with some java — and then paddle down the river. — Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “6 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend (besides the last days of Summerfest 2019),” 3 July 2019 There’s also a coffee program featuring java from both local and national roasters. — Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, “Where to eat and drink in Montrose and Midtown right now,” 16 Sep. 2019 However, the coffee shop would neither confirm or deny if Mendes popped-in for some java. — Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, “Shawn Mendes sightings swirl around Houston before his concert, and one fan seems to have found him,” 25 July 2019 Wednesday’s tour stop wasn’t the first time Jackman has surprised fans with java — the Greatest Showman actor also served coffee to fans in Chicago last month. — Helen Murphy,, “Man of the People! Hugh Jackman Serves Coffee to Fans During Tour Stop in Denver,” 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of java


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for java


Java, island of Indonesia

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“Java.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 30 December 2019.

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