leprechaun


lep·re·chaun

noun \ˈlep-rə-ˌkän, -ˌkn\

: a creature in old Irish stories that looks like a very small man

Full Definition of LEPRECHAUN

:  a mischievous elf of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught
lep·re·chaun·ish \-ˌkä-nish, -ˌk-\ adjective

Examples of LEPRECHAUN

  1. <the story that if you follow a rainbow to its end, you'll find a leprechaun's pot of gold>

Origin of LEPRECHAUN

Irish leipreachán
First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with LEPRECHAUN

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leprechaun

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Leprechaun, illustration by George Denham, from The Irish Fairy Book by …—Courtesy of the Folklore Society Library, University College, London; photograph, R.B. Fleming

In Irish folklore, a fairy in the form of a tiny old man wearing a cocked hat and leather apron. Solitary by nature, leprechauns lived in remote places and worked as shoemakers. Each was believed to possess a hidden crock of gold. If captured and threatened, a leprechaun might reveal the gold's hiding place, provided his captor never took his eyes off him. Usually the captor was tricked into glancing away, and the leprechaun vanished. The word derives from the Old Irish luchorpan (“little body”).

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