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Elf vs. Fairy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Elf and Fairy is that the Elf is a supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore and Fairy is a mythical being or legendary creature.

Wikipedia
  • Elf (noun)

    A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.

  • Elf (noun)

    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.

  • Elf (noun)

    Any of the magical, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).

  • Elf (noun)

    A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

  • Elf (verb)

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

  • Fairy (noun)

    The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

  • Fairy (noun)

    A mythical being with magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as a small sprite with gauze-like wings, and revered in some modern forms of paganism.

  • Fairy (noun)

    An enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.

  • Fairy (noun)

    A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

  • Fairy (noun)

    A member of two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.

  • Fairy (adjective)

    Like a fairy; fanciful, whimsical, delicate.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Elf (noun)

    An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks.

  • Elf (noun)

    A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

  • Elf

    To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.

  • Fairy (noun)

    Enchantment; illusion.

  • Fairy (noun)

    The country of the fays; land of illusions.

  • Fairy (noun)

    An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon.

  • Fairy (noun)

    An enchantress.

  • Fairy (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to fairies.

  • Fairy (adjective)

    Given by fairies; as, fairy money.

Webster Dictionary
  • Elf (noun)

    (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

  • Elf (noun)

    below 3 kilohertz

  • Fairy (noun)

    small, human in form, playful, having magical powers

  • Fairy (noun)

    offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

Princeton's WordNet

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