elves

[ elvz ]
/ ɛlvz /

noun

plural of elf.

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Definition for elves (2 of 3)

elf

[ elf ]
/ ɛlf /

noun, plural elves [elvz] /ɛlvz/.

(in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.
a diminutive person, especially a child.
a mischievous person, especially a child.

Origin of elf

before 1000; Middle English, back formation from elven, Old English elfen nymph (i.e., female elf), variant of ælfen; see elfin
Related formself·like, adjective

Definition for elves (3 of 3)

elve

[ elv ]
/ ɛlv /

noun

an extremely dim, flattened, expanding, reddish glow briefly seen over a thunderstorm, due to electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning.
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British Dictionary definitions for elves (1 of 3)

elves

/ (ɛlvz) /

noun

the plural of elf

British Dictionary definitions for elves (2 of 3)

ELF


abbreviation for

extremely low frequency

British Dictionary definitions for elves (3 of 3)

elf

/ (ɛlf) /

noun plural elves (ɛlvz)

(in folklore) one of a kind of legendary beings, usually characterized as small, manlike, and mischievous
a mischievous or whimsical child
Derived Formselflike, adjective

Word Origin for elf

Old English ælf; related to Old Norse elfr elf, Middle Low German alf incubus, Latin albus white
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Word Origin and History for elves

elf


n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for elves

elve

[ ĕlv ]

An extremely dim, short-lived, expanding disk of reddish light above thunderstorms, believed to be caused by electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning in the lower ionosphere. Elves last less than a second and can be as wide as 500 km (310 mi) in diameter.
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Culture definitions for elves

elves


Often small, mischievous creatures thought to have magical powers. Although some elves are friendly to humans, others are spiteful and destructive. Elves have long been a staple of folklore, from Germanic mythology to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, in which the elves speak a special language called Elvish.

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