- a Tanoan language spoken in two villages in New Mexico.
- a member of an American Indian people occupying a pueblo in New Mexico.
- a town in N New Mexico: resort; art colony.
- (in philosophical Taoism) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist.
- the rational basis of human activity or conduct.
- a universal, regarded as an ideal attained to a greater or lesser degree by those embodying it.
Origin of Tao
< Chinese (Wade-Giles) Tao4, (pinyin) dào literally, way
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Examples from the Web for taos
They may live in New York, San Francisco, or Taos, N.M., but they band together to influence Joe Schmo in Oshkosh, Wis.The Net Roots, the Super Rich, and the Ugly, Endless Election
June 7, 2012
Dennis owned a beautiful church-like adobe building near the Taos Pueblo, where his brother lived.
He took me out to the famous cabin outside Taos where Lawrence had lived and worked with his wife, her friend, and a cow.
He had fled to Taos, New Mexico, to join his brother and artist friends Larry Bell and Ron Cooper, who photographed nudes.
The Taos whisky had by this time produced its effect upon the dancers.The Scalp Hunters
All appeared to have partaken freely of the fire-water of Taos.The Wild Huntress
The altitude of Taos is 6983 feet; of Taos Peak, 13,145 feet.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
About forty miles distant from Taos Kit Carson had his ranch.Scouting with Kit Carson
Everett T. Tomlinson
He has been to Taos and he has brought back with him two men.The Trail of The Badger
Sidford F. Hamp
- that in virtue of which all things happen or exist
- the rational basis of human conduct
- the course of life and its relation to eternal truth
Chinese, literally: path, way
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Word Origin and History for taos
1736, from Chinese tao "way, path, right way (of life), reason."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper