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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 ​pointedhat, in ​traditional children's ​stories a ​model of a gnome used as a ​gardendecoration: I don't ​think garden gnomes are in very good ​taste. US a ​person who ​works by using ​theirmind, but does not ​talk to, and is not ​known by, the ​public: The gnomes in the back ​room are putting the ​finishingtouches to the new ​software.the gnomes of Zurich disapproving the ​powerful bankers (= ​people who own or ​controlbanks) from Switzerland who ​control a lot of ​money, much of it ​belonging to ​foreigngovernments
(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 ​smallold man who ​livesunderground and ​guardsgold and other ​valuableobjects
(Definition of gnome from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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