Meaning of gnome


Pronunciation: (nōm), [key]
— n.
  1. (in folklore) one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures; troll.
  2. an expert in monetary or financial affairs; international banker or financier: the gnomes of Zurich.


Pronunciation: (nōm, nō'mē), [key]
— n.
  1. a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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