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. a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.