leprechaun

noun

lep·​re·​chaun ˈle-prə-ˌkän How to pronounce leprechaun (audio)
-ˌkȯn
: a mischievous elf (see elf sense 1) of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught
leprechaunish 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 Bernard Hurley was a familiar figure in Wheaton for decades, donning a striking green leprechaun suit for parades and other community events, dashing around on roller skates and working as a community volunteer, all in addition to a 31-year career teaching grade school. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 Locally, Hurley probably was most known for dressing as a leprechaun and appearing at a variety of community events, including in parades. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 While hunting for his gold coins, the leprechaun causes a killing spree, leading a group of people to try to stop the devastation. Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2023 My takeaways from the Americans’ disappointing four-match performance begins with the stuff of leprechauns. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 Davis played the wily leprechaun in six films but skipped the last two, 2014’s Leprechaun: Origins and 2018’s Leprechaun Returns. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 Leprechaun hailed from low-budget home entertainment producer Trimark Pictures who made the first movie in 1993 with Warwick Davis starring as a shoe-shining, gold-protecting, vengeance-dispensing leprechaun. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 Think of the leprechaun of Ireland, the puckish forest-dwelling aluxe of Mexico, or the grisly krasue of Southeast Asia, a woman whose internal organs hang exposed from her neck down. Hikari Hida, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2023 What's a leprechaun's favorite music? Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Irish leipreachán

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leprechaun was in 1604

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“Leprechaun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leprechaun. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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leprechaun

noun
lep·​re·​chaun ˈlep-rə-ˌkän How to pronounce leprechaun (audio)
-ˌkȯn
: a mischievous elf of Irish folklore that some believe will reveal where treasure is hidden if caught

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