Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or suggestive of an elf.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An elm.

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  • noun obsolete A female elf, a fairy, nymph
  • adjective belonging to, or relating to, elves.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English elven, an elf (introduced into Modern English in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in such compounds as Elvenking, king of the Elves), from Old English -elfen (as in wuduelfen, dryad); see albho- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English elven, from Old English elfen, ælfen ("nymph, spirit, fairy"), feminine of elf, ælf ("elf"), equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne ("a fairy, nymph").

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