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leprechaun Syllabification: lep·re·chaun
Pronunciation: /ˈleprəˌkän/ /-ˌkôn/

Definition of leprechaun in English:


(In Irish folklore) a small, mischievous sprite.
Example sentences
  • In fact, all I knew about Celtic folklore consisted of one silly story about a leprechaun.
  • And tomorrow the sky will be pink and filled with flying leprechauns and fairies.
  • You are likely to see queens, princesses, leprechauns, angels, devils and a mixture of all sorts.


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

  • The name of the small, mischievous sprite of Irish folklore is based on old Irish words meaning ‘small body’. The spelling of Irish has always been a mystery to the uninitiated: when the leprechaun first appeared in English literature in the 17th century, it was named lubrican; the modern form dates from the 19th century.

Words that rhyme with leprechaun

tricorne • einkorn

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