gob·​lin | \ ˈgä-blən How to pronounce goblin (audio) \

Definition of goblin

: an ugly or grotesque sprite that is usually mischievous and sometimes evil and malicious

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Examples of goblin in a Sentence

dressed up the toddlers like goblins for Halloween
Recent Examples on the Web Along the way, yokai transformed from superstition to satire, as artists began employing goblins to slyly comment on politics or current events. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "From Japan, a Mascot for the Pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 On the eve of Hannukah, Hershel must use his wits and courage to defeat the goblins, who are fierce and scary, but also foolish. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ to bring performances to Temple Har Zion," 9 Dec. 2019 The recognizable shops still line the set, including Ollivanders, Flourish & Blotts, as well as the goblin bank, Gringotts, and a later addition, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "11 Amazing Places to Virtually Visit While You're Stuck Inside," 29 Mar. 2020 This musical adaptation of Eric Kimmel’s timeless story about Hershel of Ostropol and his fight against a series of goblins who haunt the old synagogue returns to Strawdog, featuring a book by Michael Dailey and music and lyrics by Jacob Combs. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Holiday Top 40: All the entertainment from ‘Christmas Carol’ to the 93XRT Jam," 21 Nov. 2019 This was especially evident when the demo's protagonist invited a goblin to shoot him point-blank in the chest with a crossbow, a request which luckily landed in his favor with a double-digit roll. Matt Cabral, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Baldur's Gate 3' Director on Recreating the "Table-Top Experience" in New Role-Playing Game," 27 Feb. 2020 More than 300 little goblins, ghouls and their families gathered Thursday for tricks and treats at Maine East High School’s 4th annual Haunted Hallways celebration. chicagotribune.com, "At ‘Haunted Hallways,’ Maine East students dazzle the very young – even when experiments explode," 27 Oct. 2019 Ghouls and goblins were whizzing through Forest Park this past weekend as the village held its 8th annual casket races. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Casket races get Halloween rolling for Oak Park, River Forest residents," 30 Oct. 2019 This Halloween warehouse experience boasts three stages of live music, goblins, ghouls and Halloween fools. oregonlive, "2019 Portland Halloween guide: Corn mazes, haunted houses, festivals and more," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of goblin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goblin

Middle English gobelin, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gobelinus, ultimately from Greek kobalos rogue

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The first known use of goblin was in the 14th century

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14 Jun 2020

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“Goblin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goblin. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goblin

in stories : an ugly and sometimes evil creature that likes to cause trouble


gob·​lin | \ ˈgä-blən How to pronounce goblin (audio) \

Kids Definition of goblin

: an ugly and often evil imaginary creature

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