nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ ˈnek-​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ ˈnek-​səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) , -​ˌsüs \

Definition of nexus

1 : connection, link the nexus between teachers and students also : a causal link the nexus between poverty and crime
2 : a connected group or series a nexus of theories a nexus of relationships
3 : center, focus The bookstore has become something of a nexus for the downtown neighborhood.— Jane Smiley

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Examples of nexus in a Sentence

the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships as the nexus for three great religions, Jerusalem has had a troubled as well as illustrious history

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One of the best new pop-ups in town comes from a chef who operates at the nexus of food, art and community in the backyard of a coffee shop in Highland Park. Jamie Feldmar,, "Get breakfast pitas at ZoeFoodParty’s pop-up in Highland Park," 10 June 2019 This included responsibility for Columbia’s computing center, which put her at the nexus of all scholarly information in the campus’s 26 libraries, regardless of how it was stored or disseminated. New York Times, "Patricia Battin, Lightning Rod in a Library War, Dies at 89," 5 June 2019 The youngest of six children in a poor, strict Irish Catholic family, Mr. Meenan said that church and Catholic school was the nexus of his family’s life. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Parishioners Express Support for Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct," 5 Nov. 2018 GRiZ Live Band GRiZ has always been a man of the funk, but he's expanded his sound and his artistic vision through the years to reach this new nexus wherein a full live band joins him on stage, horn section and all. Kat Bein, Billboard, "12 Must-See Acts At Electric Forest 2018," 7 June 2018 The home had served as CGF’s legal address and shipping nexus for years. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How a CEO fiddled while beloved board game Glory to Rome crashed and burned," 8 Sep. 2018 The brainchild of CeCe Olisa and Chastity Garner Valentine, Curvy Con, which kicks off today at Center 415, has become the nexus point for style beyond size. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Curvy Con’s Founders Are Making Fashion Week Better and More Body Positive," 6 Sep. 2018 PUSH Buffalo Schools can be the nexus of a neighborhood, a community space and reference point for kids and parents alike. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub," 19 July 2018 The findings match previous studies that also observed a common pattern in Europe’s crime-terror nexus. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "For Europe’s criminals and terrorists, buying a gun is getting easier," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nexus

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, from nectere to bind

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English Language Learners Definition of nexus

formal : a relationship or connection between people or things


nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ -​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nexus

1 : a connection or link
2 : a connected group or series


nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Legal Definition of nexus

: a connection or link between things, persons, or events especially that is or is part of a chain of causation

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind

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