- 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.
Origin of gnomeFrench ; 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
Origin of gnomeLate Latin a sentence, maxim ; from Classical Greek gnōmē, thought, judgment, intelligence ; from gignōskein, to know
- 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 of gnomeFrench, from New Latin gnomus, earth elemental in the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, of unknown origin.
Origin of gnomeGreek gnōmē, from gignōskein, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
- A brief reflection or maxim; a pithy saying.
From Ancient Greek γνώμη (gnome, “thought, opinion”), from the base of γιγνώσκειν (gignoskein, “to know”)
- A legendary being, supposed to be short, usually bearded men who inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and act as guardians of mines, treasure, etc.
- (Rosicrucianism) The elemental being of earth.
- A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.
- (zoology) A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.
- A small statue placed in a garden to ward off pests and protect a home from sorcery.
- (astronomy, meteorology) An upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a compact blue starter.
Originally an acronym for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but this meaning is now officially deprecated.
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.