leprechaun

noun
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 leprechaun (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 The Cal Academy might as well have had a unicorn in captivity, or a leprechaun. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "A tribute to the Steinhart Aquarium two-headed snake, communal pet of our imaginations," 7 June 2020 Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns! Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Notre Dame’s mascots are breaking barriers. They should be celebrated — not trolled.," 10 Sep. 2019 As the Pygmies took the stage, one enthusiastic reveler waved a rare set of Crichton leprechaun beads. al, "Masked Observer triples down with LaShe’s, Fellows, Stripers," 26 Feb. 2020 Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns! Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Notre Dame’s mascots are breaking barriers. They should be celebrated — not trolled.," 10 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Leprechaun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leprechaun. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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leprechaun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leprechaun

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

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