Definition of leprechaun in English:

leprechaun

noun

  • (in Irish folklore) a small, mischievous sprite.

    • ‘In fact, all I knew about Celtic folklore consisted of one silly story about a leprechaun.’
    • ‘Do you believe in goblins, elves and leprechauns?’
    • ‘He loves the whole idea of leprechauns and the magic and myths of Ireland.’
    • ‘It means otherworldly stuff, like leprechauns and so on.’
    • ‘The small nocturnal visitors of the middle Ages were known as fairies, leprechauns, elves, or gnomes - the little people.’
    • ‘There have always been myths about small people - Ireland has its leprechauns and Australia has the Yowies.’
    • ‘She has inherited the leprechauns ' memories.’
    • ‘We saw a pixie and a leprechaun eating together.’
    • ‘The laminak were female sprites, similar to leprechauns, who could wield either a helpful or harmful influence.’
    • ‘They are taught that fairies and leprechauns don't exist.’
    • ‘Lucy was a leprechaun, born to laugh and dance, play pranks and sing.’
    • ‘You are likely to see queens, princesses, leprechauns, angels, devils and a mixture of all sorts.’
    • ‘The book is based on the story of a crafty 12-year-old Irish boy who is immersed in a world of fairies, leprechauns and gnomes.’
    • ‘If people want to believe in tooth fairies, or leprechauns, or hobgoblins, or taniwha, or whatever, it is their right to do that.’
    • ‘If it involves leprechauns or mole people, we don't want to hear it.’
    • ‘Is it a path made by the goddess Iris between Earth and Heaven, or a leprechaun's secret hiding place for his pot of gold?’
    • ‘And tomorrow the sky will be pink and filled with flying leprechauns and fairies.’
    • ‘Menehunes are small people, rather like Irish leprechauns.’
    • ‘I could fall face first into a herd of leprechauns and not notice.’
    • ‘To her way of thinking, leprechauns are a part of the soul of Ireland, not to be found in any other country.’
    pixie, goblin, elf, sprite, fairy, gnome, imp, brownie, puck, devil
    the little people
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Irish leipreachán, based on Old Irish luchorpán, from lu small + corp body.

Pronunciation:

leprechaun

/ˈleprəˌkôn//ˈleprəˌkän/