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nous

 (no͞os, nous)
n.
1. Philosophy
a. Reason and knowledge as opposed to sense perception.
b. The rational part of the individual human soul.
c. The principle of the cosmic mind or soul responsible for the rational order of the cosmos.
d. In Stoicism, the equivalent of Logos.
e. In Neoplatonism, the image of the absolute good, containing the cosmos of intelligible beings.
2. Chiefly British Good sense; shrewdness: "Hillela had the nous to take up with the General when he was on the up-and-up again" (Nadine Gordimer).

[Greek.]

nous

(naʊs)
n
1. (Philosophy) metaphysics mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
2. slang Brit common sense; intelligence
[C17: from Greek, literally: mind]

nous

(nus, naʊs)

n.
(in Greek philosophy) mind; intellect.
[1670–80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nous - common sense; "she has great social nous"
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense - sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.nous - that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelingsnous - that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head"
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
noddle - an informal British expression for head or mind; "use your noddle"
tabula rasa - a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
ego - (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
unconscious, unconscious mind - that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
subconscious, subconscious mind - psychic activity just below the level of awareness
Translations

nous

[naʊs] N (Brit) → cacumen m, chirumen m

nous

[ˈnaʊs] (British) n (= good sense) → bon sens m
to have political nous → être habile en politique
to have business nous → être habile en affaires
to have the nous to do sth → avoir l'intelligence de faire qchnouvelle cuisine [ˌnuːvɛlkwɪˈziːn] nnouvelle cuisine f

nous

n (Brit inf) → Grips m (inf)

nous

[naʊs] n (Brit) (fam) → buonsenso
to have the nous to do sth → avere il buonsenso di fare qc
References in classic literature ?
Do tell us all about it, Vicomte," said Anna Pavlovna, with a pleasant feeling that there was something a la Louis XV in the sound of that sentence: "Contez nous cela, Vicomte."
"Enendons nous...." But in her eyes there were gleams of light that betrayed that she understood perfectly and precisely as he did what hope he might have.
He continued in a monoto- nous voice, "I thought mebbe yeh got keeled over.
We lack temperament; we don't know how to live; nous ne savons pas vivre, as they say here.
So the sentence now read 'o nous estin augos', and is, you perceive, the fundamental doctrines in his metaphysics."
"Well, I shall see him to-morrow and tell him about you; but I'm afraid, entre nous, that his liking for wine has aged and degraded him."
"Nous regardons a deux fois" (as the French lady said) before we condemn a person of my lord's undoubted quality.
And what's more, she is looked upon as really dangerous by certain people-- chez nous ."
je crois que nous avons la, un caporal qui ne dort jamais!"
"C'est assez pour aujourd'hui, messieurs; demain nous recommencerons, et j'espere que tout ira bien."
They used to flutter at her window just like little birds, calling out: 'Nous t'aimons, Marie!'
It was in old French, and ran somewhat in this way: Or avant, entre nous tous freres Battons nos charognes bien fort En remembrant la grant misere De Dieu et sa piteuse mort Qui fut pris en la gent amere Et vendus et trais a tort Et bastu sa chair, vierge et dere Au nom de ce battons plus fort.