Is java interpreted?

Java is both compiled and interpreted.

At first, the Java source code (in .java files) is compiled into the so-called Bytecode (.class files). The Bytecode is a pre-compiled, platform independent version of your program. The .class files can be used on any operating system.

When the Java application is started, the Bytecode is interpreted by the Java Virtual Mashine. Because the Bytecode is pre-compiled, Java does not have the disadvantages of classical interpreted languages, like BASIC.