Gnome Definition

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noun
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Any of a race of small, misshapen, dwarflike beings that dwell in the earth and guard its treasures.
Webster's New World
In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has earth as its element.
American Heritage
A wise, pithy saying; maxim.
Webster's New World
(zoology) A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.
Wiktionary
A small statue placed in a garden to ward off pests and protect a home from sorcery.
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pronoun

An open source, free software computer desktop environment for Unix operating systems.

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Other Word Forms of Gnome

Noun

Singular:
gnome
Plural:
gnomes

Origin of Gnome

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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