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

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In addition to elves and dwarves and imps there are also trolls and munchkins and leprechauns and a million other short-statured mystical characters. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "From ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘Disenchantment’," 11 Aug. 2018 So dress in your leprechaun finest and celebrate in true Irish fashion at any one of these San Diego restaurants. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "30 ways to get your Irish jig on St. Patrick's Day in San Diego," 14 Mar. 2018 In Irish folklore leprechauns are a type of fairy that are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. Fox News, "Burger truck slammed for hiring little person to wear poster promoting specials," 4 May 2018 No one knows how to cut loose and have a good time in the offseason quite like New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who recently crashed a bachelor party dressed as a leprechaun, had a dance battle with Shaq in Miami, and fired a minigun. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Watch this delightful supercut of Gronk being Gronk," 15 May 2018 Some years, my Uncle Jimmy would magically appear, just like a leprechaun with the equivalent of a pot of gold — crisp $5 bills for my sister and me. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Why my black family celebrates St. Patrick's Day | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 Mar. 2018 In April, six hopeful leprechauns took part in a mock pep rally in an attempt to nab one of three spots for the upcoming University of Notre Dame school year. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Analyzing Notre Dame football's 2018 schedule, from least to most dangerous games," 21 June 2018 Short of stature, with an owl-like face, Mr. Tuck was described by some as having the look, and often the demeanor, of a leprechaun. Tom Hamburger, Washington Post, "Dick Tuck, Democratic prankster who targeted Nixon, dies at 94," 29 May 2018 The very large leprechaun, though, was none other than Gronk. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Rob Gronkowski crashed a bachelor party disguised as a leprechaun," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of leprechaun

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

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