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

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 With elves and reindeer there to help him along his way, the careless dad learns to accept his new fate and embrace the holiday cheer. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 The Dragon Prince tells the story of a society where elves and humans are at war with each other over the development of dark magic, an unnatural source of power that relies on death to beef up its users. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince’s creators want to ‘improve’ the show’s controversial animation," 27 Sep. 2018 Based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale, the opera recounts the brutal killing of a woman’s lover by her evil brother, as seen by an elf hidden within a rose. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Is Opera Dying? No, But This One Is Staged Among the Dead," 1 June 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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