joss

1
[ jos ]
/ dʒɒs /

noun

a Chinese house idol or cult image.

Origin of joss

1
1705–15; < Chinese Pidgin English < Portuguese deos < Latin deus god

Definition for joss (2 of 2)

joss

2
[ jos ]
/ dʒɒs /

noun British, Australian Informal.

a foreman or boss.

Origin of joss

2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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joss

/ (dʒɒs) /

noun

a Chinese deity worshipped in the form of an idol

Word Origin for joss

C18: from pidgin English, from Portuguese deos god, from Latin deus
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