joss

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See also: Joss and jøss

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Chinese Pidgin English, from Portuguese deus ‎(god), from Latin deus ‎(god), from Proto-Indo-European *deywós ‎(god/that which belongs to heaven).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

joss ‎(plural josses)

  1. A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
  2. (informal) Luck.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 178:
      She had twisted a piece of heather into her mail box for good joss, and this was the safety signal.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ joss” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Finnish[edit]

Abbreviation[edit]

joss

  1. (logic) iff

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