Definition of four-leaf clover in US English:

four-leaf clover

(also four-leafed clover)

noun

  • A clover leaf with four leaflets, rather than the typical three, thought to bring good luck.

    • ‘All of a sudden, I found five four-leaf clovers.’
    • ‘I must have had the right four-leaf clover in my flight suit.’
    • ‘I loved, too, that she put four-leaf clovers in her Bible.’
    • ‘‘I just need to find a four-leaved clover or something to keep hold of,’ he said.’
    • ‘I remembered spending hours looking for a four-leaf clover.’
    • ‘We hunted four-leaf clovers or scoured the area for insects - candidates for tomorrow's biology session.’
    • ‘Lucky charms, such as photos of family, a rabbit's foot, cuddly toys, gems, horseshoes or four-leaf clovers, are popular.’
    • ‘They were not very varied in design and the emphasis was on good luck charms such as four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and wishbones, again set with tiny diamonds.’
    • ‘Predicting correctly that somebody will or will not become a successful manager is as likely as delving into a field and coming up clutching a four-leaf clover.’
    • ‘He must have a back garden full of four-leaved clovers.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if you're stocked up with four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and other lucky charms, who knows - you could win big, dwarfing the amount a savings account could have paid you.’
    • ‘And blades of respectable golf grass were as rare as four-leaf clovers.’
    • ‘And a man who previously appeared to have been born under a four-leaf clover while holding a rabbit's foot and a lucky horseshoe simply ran out of good fortune.’
    • ‘The ‘lucky bamboo’ plant has been a big seller at $48, as has a real-life four-leaf clover.’
    • ‘I rubbed the scratch cards in anticipation of an imminent windfall, and was confronted with a kaleidoscope of shamrocks, lucky horse shoes and four-leaf clovers.’
    • ‘We press roses, four-leaf clovers, cards, and notes between the pages of our books.’
    • ‘From up here the shape is almost like a four-leaf clover.’
    • ‘The largest collection of four-leaf clovers belongs to a man serving a life sentence.’
    • ‘Letters hold surprising enclosures - pressed violets, four-leaf clovers, and the occasional trinket.’
    • ‘If you've lost your four-leaf clover and need a little help, check out this roundup of local St. Pat's festivities.’

Pronunciation

four-leaf clover

/ˈfôr ˌlēf ˈˌklōvər/