leprechaun

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noun lep·re·chaun \ˈle-prə-ˌkän, -ˌkȯn\

Definition of leprechaun

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

leprechaunish

play \ˈle-prə-ˌkä-nish, -ˌkȯ-\ adjective

Examples of leprechaun in a sentence

  1. <the story that if you follow a rainbow to its end, you'll find a leprechaun's pot of gold>

Origin and Etymology of leprechaun

Irish leipreachán


First Known Use: 1604


LEPRECHAUN Defined for English Language Learners

leprechaun

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noun lep·re·chaun \ˈle-prə-ˌkän, -ˌkȯn\

Definition of leprechaun for English Language Learners

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



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