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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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 Her mother, Melissa, said Lyla is fascinated by leprechauns and pores over books about the Emerald Isle. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio child’s leprechaun wish granted at the Alamo," 24 July 2019 Day, who reminded Pederson of a playful leprechaun, loved flashy jackets, men’s and women’s alike. oregonlive.com, "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 Then there's the leprechaun village — a mini village that contains a bank vault, pub performance stage. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't have a babysitter for your favorite summer festival? Here are some fun things your kids can do.," 10 June 2019 During the film's final act, the audience is introduced to the next generation of Buddi dolls, including a Buddi bear and a Buddi leprechaun. Rosie Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Sets Up a Sci-Fi Sequel," 22 June 2019 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

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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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