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joss

1
[ jos ]
/ dʒɒs /
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noun

a Chinese house idol or cult image.

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Nearby words

josias, josie, joskin, jospin, josquin des prés, joss, joss house, joss stick, josser, jostle, josue

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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British Dictionary definitions for joss

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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Word Origin and History for joss

joss


n.

"Chinese figure of a deity," 1711, from Chinese Pidgin English, from Javanese dejos, taken 16c. from Portuguese deus "god," from Latin deus (see Zeus). Colloquially, it came to mean "luck." Joss stick "Chinese incense" first recorded 1883.

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