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There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
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See also ELF

English

An elf drawn by Piedachu Peris

Etymology

Middle English from Old English ælf (incubus, elf). Originated from Indo-European root *albho- (brilliant, shining white) via Teutonic languages.

Pronunciation

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  • ĕlf, /ɛlf/, /EIf/
    Rhymes: -ɛlf

Noun

Singular
elf

Plural
elves

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  1. A mythical, supernatural being resembling but seen as distinct from humans.
  2. (Norse mythology) A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.
  3. (fantasy) Any of the magical, humanoid, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).
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References

  • Marshall Jones Company (1930). Mythology of All Races Series, Volume 2 Eddic, Great Britain: Marshall Jones Company, 1930, pp. 220-221.

Afrikaans

Numeral

elf

  1. (cardinal) eleven

Dutch

Pronunciation

Numeral

elf

  1. (cardinal) eleven

Noun

elf m. and f. (plural elfen, diminutive elfje)

  1. elf (mythical creature)
  2. brownie

elf m. and f. (plural elven, diminutive elfje)

  1. The number eleven, or a representation thereof.

German

See also Elf

Etymology

Old High German einlif

Pronunciation

Numeral

elf

  1. (cardinal) eleven

Maltese

Etymology

From Arabic

Numeral

elf

  1. (cardinal) thousand

Polish

Noun

elf m (plural:elfy)

  1. elf, mythical or fantasy creature

Usage notes

The plural for the Tolkien creatures is usually elfowie.

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