[noos, nous]


Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.
Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe.

Origin of nous

1670–80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nous

commonsense, faculties, senses, wits

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British Dictionary definitions for nous



metaphysics mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
British slang common sense; intelligence

Word Origin for nous

C17: from Greek, literally: mind
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Word Origin and History for nous

slang for "intelligence, common sense," 1706, from Greek nous, Attic form of noos "mind, intellect," which was taken in English in philosophy 1670s.

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