There are 2 definitions of gnome in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəʊm
 
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noun

  • 1A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground.
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    • Elves and men and gnomes and goblins alike looked about in fear and confusion.
    • You do not have to discourse with fairies or elves, gnomes or trolls.
    • Before our modern era most people who had encounters knew that what they were dealing with were daemons, dragons, gnomes, fairies and trolls.
  • 1.1A small garden ornament in the form of a bearded man with a pointed hat.
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    • I absolutely detest gnomes and the majority of people living in the big houses would not want gnomes in their gardens either.
    • We are walking up a woodland path and pause to look at a group of fly agarics; the red-and-white spotted ones popular with fishing gnomes in the gardens of suburbia.
    • The Front rescues gnomes from garden centres where they are insensitively placed among bottles of toxic garden chemicals.
  • 1.2 informal A small ugly person: a grizzled gnome of a man
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    • Are you now saying that referring to members as gnomes is ruled out?
  • 1.3 informal A person regarded as having secret or sinister influence in financial matters: the gnomes of Zurich
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    • It is said that even the bankers, known as the gnomes of Zurich because of the mounds of gold stored in underground vaults, have to relax.
    • The gnomes of Zurich chugged in at seventh while Milan notched up a distant 11 th place on the Jones Lang LaSalle index.

Derivatives

gnomish

adjective
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  • We discussed designing a robot avatar for the new world, but we were quickly divided about whether the robot should be modelled after a high elf wizard or a gnomish rogue.
  • These days the director of the Edinburgh International Festival is a dapper figure with three distinguishing features: shiny pate, gnomish beard, sober suit.
  • He has an almost gnomish manner, an unkempt beard that he scratches at absent-mindedly and a tumble of curly black hair that bobs as he talks.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, from modern Latin gnomus, a word used by Paracelsus as a synonym of Pygmaeus, denoting a mythical race of very small people said to inhabit parts of Ethiopia and India (compare with pygmy).

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There are 2 definitions of gnome in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəʊm
 
, ˈnəʊmi
 
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noun

  • A short statement encapsulating a general truth; a maxim.

Origin

late 16th century: from Greek gnōmē 'thought, opinion' (related to gignōskein 'know').

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