duende

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish duende, from Old Spanish duen de casa (house master).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

duende m (plural duendes)

  1. (Iberian folklore) a small humanoid creature who invades homes at night to carry out mischief and scare the residents
  2. (fiction) any small fictional humanoid, especially a mischievous or evil one

Usage notes[edit]

This term is commonly used in fiction to translate the name of various creatures such as imps, gnomes and goblins


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish duen de casa (master of the house). See dueño.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

duende m (plural duendes)

  1. imp (naughty spirit)
  2. charisma (the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm)
  3. charm, magic