elf

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noun \ˈelf\

Definition of elf

plural

elves

play \ˈelvz\
  1. 1 :  a small often mischievous fairy

  2. 2 :  a small lively creature; also :  a usually lively mischievous or malicious person

elfish

play \ˈel-fish\ adjective

elfishly

adverb

Examples of elf in a Sentence

  1. elves are often portrayed as rather mischievous

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Origin and Etymology of elf

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


ELF

abbreviation

Definition of ELF

  1. extremely low frequency


ELF Defined for English Language Learners

elf

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noun

Definition of elf for English Language Learners

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


ELF Defined for Kids

elf

play
noun \ˈelf\

Definition of elf for Students

plural

elves

\ˈelvz\
  1. :  an often mischievous fairy



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