nous

noun
Updated on: 6 May 2018

Definition of nous

1 play \ˈnüs also ˈnau̇s\ : mind, reason: such as
a : an intelligent purposive principle of the world
b : the divine reason regarded in Neoplatonism as the first emanation of God
2 play \ˈnau̇s\ chiefly British : common sense, alertness

Examples of nous in a Sentence

  1. an Oxford don who was long on erudition but a little short on everyday nous

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Origin and Etymology of nous

Greek noos, nous mind


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  • : the intelligence and ability to make good judgments and decisions


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