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  1. a city in central Nigeria.
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  1. a female given name, form of Josephine.
  2. a male given name, form of Joseph.
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Examples from the Web for jos

Historical Examples

  • Father Jos could not say so much, therefore he said nothing.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Father Jos said, "A man ought to be ashamed not to think of his own first."

  • Remember me most kindly to Uncle Jos, and to all the Wedgwoods.

  • Jos Green was delighted with the idea; but how was it to be accomplished?

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Their captors were, Jos explained to them, great diplomatists.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for jos


  1. a city in central Nigeria, capital of Plateau state on the Jos Plateau: major centre of the tin-mining industry. Pop: 685 000 (2005 est)
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noun plural joes
  1. a Scot word for sweetheart
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Word Origin

C16: alteration of joy


the internet domain name for
  1. Jordan
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Word Origin and History for jos


Scottish form of joy, attested from 1520s as a term of endearment.

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