Pronunciation: (elf), [key]
—pl. elvesPronunciation: (elvz). [key]
1. (in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, esp. 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.
2. a diminutive person, esp. a child.
3. a mischievous person, esp. a child.
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