how to pronounce elf


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the above transcription of elf is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

elf is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of elf in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… so the last six elf has three phases you …”

meanings of elf


  1. The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix).
  2. Initialism of extremely low frequency (band of radio frequencies from 3 to 30 hertz).
  3. A very diminutive person; a dwarf.
  4. Any of the magical, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).
  5. Any from a race of mythical, supernatural beings resembling but seen as distinct from human beings. They are usually delicate-featured and skilled in magic or spellcrafting; sometimes depicted as clashing with dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
  6. Initialism of Executable and Linking Format (a common object file format for Unix).
  7. A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim. Compare angel, nymph, fairy.
  8. Initialism of English as a Lingua Franca.


  1. Initialism of Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (an organization that studies the invented languages of J. R. R. Tolkien).
  2. Initialism of Endangered Language Fund (a non-profit organization).
  3. Initialism of Earth Liberation Front (a radical environmentalism group).


  1. To twist into elflocks (of hair); to mat.

elf frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word elf occurs in english on average 6.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics elf can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that elf can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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