Definition of joss house in English:

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joss house

noun

A Chinese temple.
Example sentences
  • Sui Sin Far places Pat and Pan in front of the joss house, in a Chinatown setting, in an effort to disrupt the social construction of racial identity, the imposition of Otherness on Chinese- and Eurasian Americans.
  • Each joss house was usually created and used by Chinese from the one village or district of origin.
  • The joss houses or temples of Chinatown have no external beauty save in the carved panels of their balconies.

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