noun Irish Folklore.
Origin of leprechaun
Examples from the Web for leprechauns
From the revelation that Michael was a “presexual” to his belief that leprechauns are real, Abby Haglage speed-reads Untouchable.
“He loves the whole idea of leprechauns and the magic and myths of Ireland,” said an unidentified source.
“Be on the lookout for leprechauns,” he said to Prince, Paris, and Blanket when they arrived in Ireland for a vacation in 2006.
He idolized Ireland and believed—wholeheartedly—in leprechauns.
In fact, he is currently polling better than leprechauns and unicorns.
And though they would not tell you why they wore those petticoats, I am telling you 'twas because of the leprechauns.
He began to wonder whether the tale of the leprechauns was true.
An' so you don't b'lieve there's sich things as Leprechauns, don't ye?The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
But Snockerty was of the stripe of trolls, leprechauns, pucks, and hobgoblins.A Woman of Genius|Mary Austin
"Leprechauns are not really mechanically inclined," said Keech.Houlihan's Equation|Walt Sheldon
British Dictionary definitions for leprechauns
Word Origin for leprechaun
Word Origin and History for leprechauns
c.1600, from Irish lupracan, metathesis from Old Irish luchorpan literally "a very small body," from lu "little" (from PIE *legwh- "having little weight;" see light (adj.)) + corpan, diminutive of corp "body," from Latin corpus "body" (see corporeal). Commonly spelled lubrican in 17c. English. Leithbragan is Irish folk etymology, from leith "half" + brog "brogue," because the spirit was "supposed to be always employed in making or mending a single shoe."
Culture definitions for leprechauns
In the folklore of Ireland, little men who resemble elves. Supposedly, leprechauns can reveal — but only to someone clever enough to catch them — the location of buried treasure, typically a crock of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow.