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  Dictionary Definition of gnome

gnome [1]
noun
1. one of a species of diminutive beings said in story to inhabit the interior of the earth and to act as guardians of its treasures, usually thought of as shrivelled little old men; a troll.
2. garden gnome.
3. a banker, involved in international currency and loan dealings, usually operating from Zurich, and thought to exercise a mysterious and sinister effect on world economic affairs.
[F, from NL (Paracelsus) gnomus ]
-- gnomish, adjective