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gnome

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[ nohm ]
/ noʊm /
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noun

(in folklore) one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures; troll.
an expert in monetary or financial affairs; international banker or financier: the gnomes of Zurich.

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Origin of gnome

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1705–15; from French from New Latin gnomus, perhaps from Greek gnṓmē; see gnome2
1. See goblin, sylph.
gnomish, adjective

Definition for gnome (2 of 2)

gnome2
[ nohm, noh-mee ]
/ noʊm, ˈnoʊ mi /

noun

a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.

Origin of gnome

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First recorded in 1570–80, gnome is from the Greek word gnṓmē judgment, opinion, purpose
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British Dictionary definitions for gnome (1 of 2)

gnome1
/ (nəʊm) /

noun

one of a species of legendary creatures, usually resembling small misshapen old men, said to live in the depths of the earth and guard buried treasure
the statue of a gnome, esp in a garden
a very small or ugly person
facetious, or derogatory an international banker or financier (esp in the phrase gnomes of Zürich)
gnomish, adjective
C18: from French, from New Latin gnomus, coined by Paracelsus, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for gnome (2 of 2)

gnome2
/ (nəʊm) /

noun

a short pithy saying or maxim expressing a general truth or principle
C16: from Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know
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