- A mythical, supernatural being resembling but seen as distinct from humans.
- (Norse mythology) A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of ílfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.
- (fantasy) Any of the magical, humanoid, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse í¡lfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).
Etymology: Middle English from Old English ílf (incubus, elf). Originated from Indo-European root (brilliant, shining white) via Teutonic languages.
- French: elfe
- German: Elf (1); Elfe
- Italian: elfo
- Spanish: elfo, duende
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