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joss1

[jos] /dʒɒs/
noun
1.
a Chinese house idol or cult image.
Origin
Chinese Pidgin English
1705-1715
1705-15; < Chinese Pidgin English < Portuguese deos < Latin deus god

joss2

[jos] /dʒɒs/
noun, British, Australian Informal.
1.
a foreman or boss.
Origin
1855-60; origin uncertain
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joss

/dʒɒs/
noun
1.
a Chinese deity worshipped in the form of an idol
Word Origin
C18: from pidgin English, from Portuguese deos god, from Latin deus
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Word Origin and History for joss
joss
"Chinese figure of a deity," 1711, from Chinese Pidgin English, from Javanese dejos, from Port. deus "god," from L. deus (see Zeus). Colloquially, it came to mean "luck." Joss stick "Chinese incense" first recorded 1883.
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