Etymology
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joss (n.)

"Chinese figure of a deity," 1711, from Chinese Pidgin English, from Javanese dejos, a word formed 16c. from Portuguese deus "god," from Latin deus (from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine," in derivatives "sky, heaven, god"). Colloquially, it came to mean "luck." Joss-stick "Chinese incense" first recorded 1831.

updated on May 04, 2017

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Definitions of joss from WordNet

joss (n.)
a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol;
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