a hard, dark, enamellike varnish containing asphalt, used to give a black gloss to metal objects. a kind of varnish in which pigments are ground, typically used to imitate lacquer on wood. articles made in a Japanese style, especially when decorated with lacquer or enamellike varnish.
verb (japans, japanning, japanned) [with object]
cover (something) with a hard black varnish: (as adjective japanned)a japanned tin tray