nous

noun

Definition of nous

  1. 1 \ˈnüs also ˈnau̇s\ :  mind, reason: as a :  an intelligent purposive principle of the world b :  the divine reason regarded in Neoplatonism as the first emanation of God

  2. 2 \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>

Origin and Etymology of nous

Greek noos, nous mind


First Known Use: 1678


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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