Gnome meaning

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One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground and guard treasure hoards.
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In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has earth as its element.
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A pithy saying that expresses a general truth or fundamental principle; an aphorism.
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(folklore) Any of a race of small, misshapen, dwarflike beings that dwell in the earth and guard its treasures.
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A wise, pithy saying; maxim.
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(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.
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A brief reflection or maxim; a pithy saying.
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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.
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(Rosicrucianism) The elemental being of earth.
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A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.
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(zoology) A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.
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A small statue placed in a garden to ward off pests and protect a home from sorcery.
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(astronomy, meteorology) An upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a compact blue starter.
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An open source, free software computer desktop environment for Unix operating systems.
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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.

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Origin of gnome

  • French from New Latin gnomus earth elemental in the occult philosophy of Paracelsus of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek gnōmē from gignōskein to know gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French gnome (“gnome”), from New Latin gnomus, used by Paracelsus as a synonym for Pygmaeus (“pygmy”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek γνώμη (gnome, “thought, opinion”), from the base of γιγνώσκειν (gignoskein, “to know”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally an acronym for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but this meaning is now officially deprecated.

    From Wiktionary