nous

noun

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

NOUS Defined for English Language Learners

nous

noun

Definition of nous for English Language Learners

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



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