noun, plural Taos for 2.
  1. a Tanoan language spoken in two villages in New Mexico.
  2. a member of an American Indian people occupying a pueblo in New Mexico.
  3. a town in N New Mexico: resort; art colony.


[dou, tou]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. (in philosophical Taoism) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist.
  2. the rational basis of human activity or conduct.
  3. 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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noun (in the philosophy of Taoism)
  1. that in virtue of which all things happen or exist
  2. the rational basis of human conduct
  3. the course of life and its relation to eternal truth

Word Origin for Tao

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."

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