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

Examples of gnome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
How to Make a Christmas Gnome Jar Create your own set of Christmas gnome jars in under an hour. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 Despite the fact the sisters would have won even without the gnome, Kristy and Brett (who placed second on the night) refused to even congratulate them. Keryn Donnelly,, 25 Sep. 2023 Replace Santa with a gnome, elf, snowman, or reindeer. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 Go online to check out the Ohio State gnome bobbleheads. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 July 2023 Eagle-eyed fans will spot Easter eggs all over the place: garden gnomes, tennis balls and long dogs abound. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Surveillance is like the gnomes who live in my walls. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2023 As a snobby Sim, Roman takes it upon himself to critique the gnome as a work of art. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 2 June 2023 With the race looming the following Friday, the team spent the few remaining hours turning their electrical gremlins into lawn gnomes. Emme Hall, The Verge, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know — more at know

Noun (2)

French, from New Latin gnomus

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1563, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gnome was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Gnome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a small manlike creature of folklore living inside the earth and guarding precious ore or treasure

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