noun \ˈelk\

: a large kind of North American deer with big antlers

: a European or Asian moose

plural elks

Full Definition of ELK

plural usually elk
a :  moose 1 —used for one of the Old World
b :  a large gregarious deer (Cervus elaphus) of North America, Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa —called also red deer, wapiti
c :  any of various large Asian deer
:  soft tanned rugged leather
capitalized [Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks] :  a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

Origin of ELK

Middle English, probably from Old English eolh; akin to Old High German elaho elk, Greek elaphos deer
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ELK


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several species of large deer in the genus Cervus, notably the red deer of Europe, the Kashmir stag, and the Himalayan shou, as well as the North American deer more correctly called wapiti. The creature called elk in Europe is a member of the species (Alces alces) known in North America as moose. The name is also applied to the extinct Irish elk.


Next Word in the Dictionary: elk bark
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Elizabethan style
All Words Near: elk

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up elk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).