Type Political Subdivision & Island
Usage Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik
Scripts Ճավա(Armenian) ჯავა(Georgian) जावा(Hindi, Nepali) Јава(Macedonian, Serbian) Жава(Mongolian Cyrillic) Ҷава(Tajik)
Pronounced Pron. CHAH-vah(Eastern Armenian) JAH-vah(Western Armenian, Hindi) YA-va(Dutch, German) JAH-və(English) ZHA-VA(French) JAH-VAH(Georgian) KHA-ba(Spanish) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsChava (Armenian), Zhava (Mongolian)
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Meaning & History
From Indonesian Jawa, which is of uncertain origin. It is most likely derived from Sanskrit यव-द्वीप (yava-dvīpa) meaning "island of barley", though it may have come from Javanese ꦗꦸꦮꦮꦸꦠ꧀ (juwawut) meaning "foxtail millet (a type of plant)" or Malay jauh meaning "far, distant". This is the name of an island in Indonesia as well as three Indonesian provinces.