Meaning of “gnome” in the English Dictionary

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"gnome" in British English

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gnomenoun [ C ]

uk /nəʊm/ us /noʊm/

an imaginary, very small, old man with a beard and a pointed hat, in traditional children's stories

a model of a gnome used as a garden decoration:

I don't think garden gnomes are in very good taste.

US a person who works by using their mind, but does not talk to, and is not known by, the public:

The gnomes in the back room are putting the finishing touches to the new software.
the gnomes of Zurich disapproving

the powerful bankers (= people who own or control banks) from Switzerland who control a lot of money, much of it belonging to foreign governments

(Definition of “gnome” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gnome" in American English

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gnomenoun [ C ]

us /noʊm/

(in children’s stories) an imaginary, very small old man who lives underground and guards gold and other valuable objects

(Definition of “gnome” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)