Main definitions of joss in English

: joss1joss2

joss1

noun

  • A Chinese religious statue or idol.

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

Pronunciation

joss

/jäs/ /dʒɑs/

Origin

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

Main definitions of joss in English

: joss1joss2

joss2

noun

informal mainly Australian
  • A person of influence or importance.

Pronunciation

joss

/jäs/ /dʒɑs/

Origin

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