WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
nous  (no̅o̅s, nous), 
  1. Philosophy[Gk. Philos.]mind or intellect.
  2. Philosophy[Neoplatonism.]the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe.
  • Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind
  • 1670–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

nous /naʊs/ n
  1. mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
  2. Brit slang common sense; intelligence
Etymology: 17th Century: from Greek, literally: mind

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