joss house



a Chinese temple for idol worship.

Origin of joss house

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for joss house

Historical Examples of joss house

  • On deck there was an erection like a diminutive caboose, but which was a temple or joss-house.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • However, I'm afraid I'm detaining you from the function of your joss-house.

  • But the Professor entered it reverently, as if it were the joss-house of hope.

  • On the right and left, before coming to this Joss-house, were paintings.

  • In the Chinese temple, or Joss-house, the last devotee had departed.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

British Dictionary definitions for joss house

joss house


a Chinese temple or shrine where an idol or idols are worshipped
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