noun (1)
\ ˈnōm How to pronounce gnome (audio) \

Definition of gnome

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noun (2)

Definition of gnome (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an ageless and often deformed dwarf of folklore who lives in the earth and usually guards treasure
2 : an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus that inhabits earth

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Noun (2)

gnomelike \ ˈnōm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce gnome (audio) \ adjective
gnomish \ ˈnō-​mish How to pronounce gnome (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of gnome

Noun (1)

1563, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gnome

Noun (1)

Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know — more at know

Noun (2)

French, from New Latin gnomus

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The first known use of gnome was in 1563

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“Gnome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of gnome

: an imaginary dwarf believed to live inside the earth and guard treasure

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