elf

noun
\ ˈelf How to pronounce elf (audio) \
plural elves\ ˈelvz How to pronounce elves (audio) \

Definition of elf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small often mischievous fairy
2 : a small lively creature also : a usually lively mischievous or malicious person

Definition of ELF (Entry 2 of 2)

extremely low frequency

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Other Words from elf

Noun

elfish \ ˈel-​fish How to pronounce elfish (audio) \ adjective
elfishly adverb

Examples of elf in a Sentence

Noun

elves are often portrayed as rather mischievous

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stories of elves still give modern people the chance to embrace some old-time mystery and magic. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Ancient Magic of Elves," 21 Dec. 2018 But the musical comedy sketch parodying A Chorus Line, starring Kristin Chenoweth and O’Donnell as rival elves auditioning for a job for Santa, takes the whimsical cake of the evening. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 At the zoo's annual breakfast and lunch with Santa, guests will enjoy Christmas carols and visit not only with Santa, but also with Mrs. Claus and the elves. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ho ho ho! 4 places to see Santa in metro Milwaukee," 16 Nov. 2017 Like the topography of its namesake, this green mana exudes raw natural energy, relying on aggressive buffs and all manner of beasts, elves, and druids of the wood to bring you victory. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Some of the pics are really cute, like the ones showing off a smiling Sabrina and Susie, who's dressed like Santa's elf. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Holiday Special," 5 Dec. 2018 If a certain red elf is already giving you stress dreams about coming up with 25 creative ideas, a new Christmas tradition is here to give busy parents a break. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 For the romance plot, there’s Elfo, a diminutive, innocent, sweet little elf who sees only the good in life, who has a crush on Bean. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 As well as the lights, the elves, and the presents, there’s also been an unexpected sighting of notoriously private A-lister, Katie Holmes. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Made a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of elf

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elf

Noun

Middle English, from Old English ælf; akin to Old Norse alfr elf & perhaps to Latin albus white — more at alb

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The first known use of elf was before the 12th century

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elf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elf

: a small creature in stories usually with pointed ears and magical powers

elf

noun
\ ˈelf How to pronounce elf (audio) \
plural elves\ ˈelvz \

Kids Definition of elf

: an often mischievous fairy

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