Definition of nous noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//naʊs//
; NAmE NAmE//naʊs//
[uncountable] (British English, informal)
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intelligence and the ability to think and act in a practical way synonym common sense None of them had the nous to shut the door when the fire started. Word Originlate 17th cent. (originally referring to the mind or intellect in philosophy): from Greek, ‘mind, intelligence, intuitive apprehension’.Extra examples At least she had the nous to keep back a bit of her money. I’m not sure he has the political nous to get his point across. If they ask some tricky questions just use your nous.