Type Political Subdivision & Island
Pronounced Pron. JAH-və(English) YA-va(Dutch, German) ZHA-VA(French) ZHA-vu(Portuguese) KHA-ba(Spanish) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
From Indonesian Jawa, which is of uncertain origin. It is most likely derived from Sanskrit यव-द्वीप (yava-dvipa) 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.