nous

[ noos, nous ]
/ nus, naʊs /

noun

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

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Origin of nous

First recorded in 1670–80; from Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos “mind”
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British Dictionary definitions for nous

nous
/ (naʊs) /

noun

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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