from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy Reason and knowledge as opposed to sense perception.
- n. Philosophy The rational part of the individual human soul.
- n. Philosophy The principle of the cosmic mind or soul responsible for the rational order of the cosmos.
- n. Philosophy In Stoicism, the equivalent of Logos.
- n. Philosophy In Neo-Platonism, the image of the absolute good, containing the cosmos of intelligible beings.
- n. Chiefly British Good sense; shrewdness: "Hillela had the nous to take up with the General when he was on the up-and-up again” ( Nadine Gordimer).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mind or intellect, reason, both rational and emotional
- n. In neoplatonism, the divine reason, regarded as first divine emanation.
- n. Common sense; practical intelligence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Intellect; understanding; talent; -- used humorously.
- n. The reason; the highest intellect; God regarded as the World Reason.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Platonism and the Neoplatonic philosophy, reason, the highest kind of thought; especially, that reason which made the world (though other elements contributed to it). The later Neoplatonists made the nous a kind of living being.
- n. Hence Wit; cleverness; smartness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common sense
- n. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek νοῦς (nous) or νόος (noös, "mind"). (Wiktionary)