lep·​re·​chaun | \ ˈle-prə-ˌkän How to pronounce leprechaun (audio) , -ˌkȯn \

Definition of leprechaun

: a mischievous elf (see elf sense 1) of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught

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Other Words from leprechaun

leprechaunish \ ˈle-​prə-​ˌkä-​nish How to pronounce leprechaunish (audio) , -​ˌkȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of leprechaun in a Sentence

the story that if you follow a rainbow to its end, you'll find a leprechaun's pot of gold
Recent Examples on the Web Ireland isn't just Blarney Stones and leprechauns, and Belfast's troubled history is a key part of the story. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Booming Belfast: See how Northern Irish capital went from Titanic to Troubles to 'Thrones'," 16 Jan. 2020 Costumed leprechauns would greet visitors at the gate, according to the Daily Telegram article printed Dec. 19 that year. Dan Cherry, Detroit Free Press, "A second Cedar Point amusement park was almost built in Michigan," 26 Dec. 2019 That meant conducting workouts in Batman pajamas or dressed as a leprechaun. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Cubs’ ‘life of the party’ is gone as strength coach Tim Buss joins Joe Maddon with the Angels," 1 Nov. 2019 Like any exam at Notre Dame, the leprechaun selection process is extensive and thorough. Jessica Smetana, SI.com, "At Notre Dame, Tradition Meets Progress Through Its Famous Leprechaun Mascot," 20 Sep. 2019 Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns! Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Samuel Jackson, Notre Dame’s second black mascot and Alabama HS graduate, target of racist attacks," 4 Sep. 2019 The Notre Dame Fighting Irish use a leprechaun as their mascot. John Hirschauer, National Review, "In Defense of the Atlanta Braves ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Chant," 9 Oct. 2019 Samuel Jackson’s debut as the second African-American leprechaun mascot in Notre Dame history led to racially sensitive attacks on social media, but the former Alabama high school student is harnessing the negative energy to unite the university. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Samuel Jackson, Notre Dame’s second black mascot and Alabama HS graduate, target of racist attacks," 4 Sep. 2019 Notably locally, Cathedral dropped the leprechaun from its logo at Notre Dame’s request. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "New logos for Lawrence Central, Lawrence North coming this year," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of leprechaun

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leprechaun

Irish leipreachán

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The first known use of leprechaun was in 1604

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27 Jan 2020

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“Leprechaun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leprechaun. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leprechaun

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

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