Definition of “changeling” - English Dictionary


“changeling” in English

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changelingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃeɪndʒ.lɪŋ/ us /ˈtʃeɪndʒ.lɪŋ/

Examples from literature

  • Devilish changelings, Luther said, were often placed by Satan in the cradles of human children. 
  • Fairy changelings may be recognized by tricky habits, constant crying, and other unusual characteristics. 
  • Of course the witches had swooped down upon the lad and put the straw changeling in his place! 
  • T he elves once took a child away from its mother, and left in its place a changeling with a big head and staring eyes, who did nothing but eat and drink. 
  • They also stole babies, leaving in their place changelings, goblins who were old in wickedness while still in the cradle, possessing superhuman cunning and skill in music. 

(Definition of “changeling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)