Main definitions of joss in English

: joss1joss2

joss1

noun

  • A Chinese religious statue or idol.

    • ‘Producers proudly displayed products such as joss and incense sticks, belt buckles, knives textiles, scissors and papier-mâché items.’
    • ‘And last year, Italians spent over 450m euros on fortune tellers, faith - healers, holy men and joss - stick burners of every flavour.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Javanese dejos, from obsolete Portuguese deos, from Latin deus god.

Pronunciation:

joss

/dʒɒs/

Main definitions of joss in English

: joss1joss2

joss2

noun

Australian
informal
  • A person of influence or importance.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from dialect joss ‘foreman’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

joss

/dʒɒs/