- The definition of a gnome is a dwarf-like creature that, according to legend, is supposed to guard buried treasure under the earth.
- A dwarf-like creature who guards buried treasure under the earth is an example of a gnome.
- A garden ornament in the form of a little man with a beaded hat is an example of a gnome.
A weathered garden gnome.
gnome definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Modern Latin gnomus ; from Classical Greek gnōmē (see gnome): so called by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, probably from the belief that gnomes had occult knowledge of the earth
- gnomish adjective
Origin: Late Latin a sentence, maxim ; from Classical Greek gnōmē, thought, judgment, intelligence ; from gignōskein, to know
gnome definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground and guard treasure hoards.
- In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has earth as its element.
Origin: French, from New Latin gnomus.
- gnomˈish adjective
Origin: Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
gnome - Computer Definition
(GNU Network Object Modeling Environment) A GUI-based user interface for Linux and other Unix environments that grew out of the GNU Project. Providing an alternative to the KDE interface, GNOME is either pronounced "guh-nome" or "nome." Companies such as Red Hat, Inc. (www.redhat.com) and Ximian (www.ximian.com), formerly Helix Code, Inc. and acquired by Novell, support the GNOME environment. For more information, visit www.gnome.org. See Linux, KDE and GNU.