Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Chinese image in a shrine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Chinese god or idol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
  • noun a Chinese temple or house for the Chinese mode of worship.
  • noun a reed covered with a paste made of the dust of odoriferous woods, or a cylinder made wholly of the paste; -- burned by the Chinese before an idol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
  • noun Luck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Pidgin English, from Javanese deyos, from Portuguese deos, god, from Latin deus; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Chinese Pidgin English, from Javanese dejos, from Portuguese deus ("god"), from Latin deus ("god"), from Proto-Indo-European *deywós (“god/that which belongs to heaven”).

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