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gnome 1

 (nōm)
n.
1. One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground and guard treasure hoards.
2. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has earth as its element.

[French, from New Latin gnomus, earth elemental in the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, of unknown origin.]

gnom′ish adj.

gnome 2

 (nōm)
n.
A pithy saying that expresses a general truth or fundamental principle; an aphorism.

[Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

gnome

(nəʊm)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) one of a species of legendary creatures, usually resembling small misshapen old men, said to live in the depths of the earth and guard buried treasure
2. the statue of a gnome, esp in a garden
3. a very small or ugly person
4. (Banking & Finance) facetious or derogatory an international banker or financier (esp in the phrase gnomes of Zürich)
[C18: from French, from New Latin gnomus, coined by Paracelsus, of obscure origin]
ˈgnomish, ˈgnome-like adj

gnome

(nəʊm)
n
a short pithy saying or maxim expressing a general truth or principle
[C16: from Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know]

gnome1

(noʊm)

n.
(originally in the writings of Paracelsus) any of a group of dwarflike beings inhabiting the interior of the earth.
[1705–15; < French < New Latin gnomus, perhaps < Greek gnṓmē; see gnome2]
gnom′ish, adj.
syn: See goblin.

gnome2

(noʊm, ˈnoʊ mi)

n.
a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.
[1570–80; < Greek gnṓmē judgment, opinion, purpose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gnome - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old mangnome - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Nibelung - (German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
faerie, faery, fairy, fay, sprite - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
Andvari - (Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
2.gnome - a short pithy saying expressing a general truth
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
Murphy's Law, Sod's Law - humorous axiom stating that anything that can go wrong will go wrong
Translations
maahinen

gnome

[nəʊm] Ngnomo m
the Gnomes of Zurich (hum) → los banqueros suizos

gnome

[ˈnəʊm] ngnome m, lutin m

gnome

nGnom m; (in garden) → Gartenzwerg m; the gnomes of Zurichdie Zürcher Gnome pl

gnome

[nəʊm] ngnomo
References in classic literature ?
They turned out to be the Prince Gnome and his friend, and the sudden desire to get some news of his sister, Princess Argentine, caused the Invisible Prince to follow them and to listen to their conversation.
And, Miss Eyre, so much was I flattered by this preference of the Gallic sylph for her British gnome, that I installed her in an hotel; gave her a complete establishment of servants, a carriage, cashmeres, diamonds, dentelles, &c.
Hitherto he had been treated very much as if he had been a useful gnome or brownie-- a queer and unaccountable creature, who must necessarily be looked at with wondering curiosity and repulsion, and with whom one would be glad to make all greetings and bargains as brief as possible, but who must be dealt with in a propitiatory way, and occasionally have a present of pork or garden stuff to carry home with him, seeing that without him there was no getting the yarn woven.
The candle wick burned long, and was topped by a little cap of fiery red that seemed to wink at us like an impish gnome.
persisted Topsy, with another grin, that looked so goblin-like, that, if Miss Ophelia had been at all nervous, she might have fancied that she had got hold of some sooty gnome from the land of Diablerie; but Miss Ophelia was not nervous, but plain and business-like, and she said, with some sternness,
In it the poet invokes Athena to protect certain potters and their craft, if they will, according to promise, give him a reward for his song; if they prove false, malignant gnomes are invoked to wreck the kiln and hurt the potters.
Bjorsen, who died in 1765, says gnomes were common enough
These are a shy, secret, solitary race, who keep in the most retired parts of the mountains, lurking like gnomes in caverns and clefts of the rocks, and subsisting in a great measure on the roots of the earth.
At the time I am writing of, I had been reading so much of this literature that sometimes I was not sure but I was beginning to believe in the gnomes and fairies as realities.
His underlings, two gnomes with square faces, leather aprons, and linen breeches, were moving the iron instruments on the coals.
We, too, were Fire-Men, we thought, as we danced there, white gnomes in the conflagration.
Strikes me you're a bit of star-dust yourself, flung into a world of cowled gnomes who cannot see," was his comment at the end of it.