WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
lep•re•chaun /ˈlɛprəˌkɔn, -ˌkɑn/USA pronunciation n. [countable]

    Mythologya small elflike creature of Irish folklore, often represented as a little old man who will reveal the location of a crock of gold to anyone who catches him.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

leprechaun /ˈlɛprəˌkɔːn/ n
  1. (in Irish folklore) a mischievous elf, often believed to have a treasure hoard
Etymology: 17th Century: from Irish Gaelic leipreachān, from Middle Irish lūchorpān, from small + corp body, from Latin corpus body

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