The word "sprite" is derived from the Latin "spiritus" (spirit). Variations on the term include "spright" (the origin of the adjective "sprightly", meaning "spirited" or "lively")
Latin-American and Spanish folklore
Latin-American and Spanish folklore depicts the Duendes as sprites.
Fairies in Slavic folklore are commonly referred to as sprites.
Even supernatural ethereal beings like ghosts are called sprites in certain countries.
In some elemental magics, the sprite is often believed to be the elemental embodiment of air or water.