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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Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire and the the nexus for the narcotics. Colleen Shalbystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Massive fire burns commercial building in Paramount," 19 Aug. 2019 Swedish brands are joining the roster, making the Danish capital a nexus for all of Scandinavian fashion. Vogue, "The Best Street-Style Photos From Copenhagen’s Spring 2020 Fashion Shows," 8 Aug. 2019 Multiple law enforcement officials told CBS News there is no hate crime nexus yet in the Dayton shooting, which occurred outside Ned Peppers bar in the city's historic Oregon District. CBS News, "Vigil brings together Dayton, Ohio, after 9 killed in mass shooting," 4 Aug. 2019 The result is a compelling if flawed condensation of Gabriel Sherman's book, worth watching for anyone interested in the political-media nexus where Ailes reigned. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Loudest Voice' makes noise with damning portrait of Roger Ailes," 26 June 2019 Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa, via Associated Press ALBANY — The Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, now enmeshed in a lengthy recount and possibly lengthier court battle, could have another nexus, 150 miles away in the State Capitol. New York Times, "A Bill Could Decide the Queens D.A. Race. Why Hasn’t Cuomo Signed It?," 10 July 2019 It was also seen as a new direction for the Montgomery’ area auto nexus, with the addition of a German supplier to an area largely served by Asian companies supplying Hyundai. William Thornton |,, "German auto supplier opening this week in Montgomery," 8 July 2019 Training ground, launchpad, nexus, philosophy and maybe a little bit of a cult, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater recently brought its Del Close Marathon, for the first time, to Los Angeles. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: Was Upright Citizens Brigade's 55-hour improv marathon funny? Yes, and ...," 2 July 2019 That casual observation was the nexus of an idea to promote the former First Presbyterian Church of Ellicott City as a wedding venue. Janene Holzberg,, "‘I knew it was the place’: Museum of Howard County History provides unique venue for weddings, showers," 19 July 2019

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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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