duende

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing 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]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdwende/, [ˈdwe̞nd̪e̞]

Noun[edit]

duende m ‎(plural duendes)

  1. (folklore) elf, imp (a small humanoid creature who invades homes at night to carry out mischief and scare the residents)
    • year unknown, Raquel Cachafeiro Gil, El Duende de la Navidad, Raquel Cachafeiro Gil (ISBN 9788461623341), page 4
      El duende de la Navidad vive en las ramas del manzano, pasa el tiempo subiendo y bajando, atareado con unir la luz del sol a la tierra y otras tareas similares. Cada año, en el invierno, se asoma a las ramas y mira a las estrellas y ve caer la ...
  2. (by extension) charisma (the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm)
  3. (by extension) charm, magic

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