[lep-ruh-kawn, -kon]
noun Irish Folklore.
a dwarf or sprite.
a conventionalized literary representation of this figure as a little old man who will reveal the location of a hidden crock of gold to anyone who catches him.

1595–1605; < Irish leipreachán, lucharachán, MIr luchrapán, lupra(c)cán, metathesized forms of Old Irish lúchorp(án), equivalent to lú- small + corp body (< Latin corpus) + -án diminutive suffix

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leprechaun (ˈlɛprəˌkɔːn)
(in Irish folklore) a mischievous elf, often believed to have a treasure hoard
[C17: from Irish Gaelic leipreachān, from Middle Irish lūchorpān, from small + corp body, from Latin corpus body]

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Word Origin & History

1604, from Ir. lupracan, metathesis from O.Ir. luchorpan lit. "a very small body," from lu "little" + corpan, dim. of corp "body," from L. corpus "body" (see corporeal). Commonly spelled lubrican in 17c. Eng. Leithbragan is Ir. folk etymology, from leith "half" + brog
"brogue," because the spirit was "supposed to be always employed in making or mending a single shoe."
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Example sentences
Were it not for a hint of the leprechaun in his smile.
The leprechaun sort of steals the show from the leads, but everyone was great.
Make a leprechaun craft, hunt for gold and make a lucky green float.
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