Definition of Erl King in English:

Erl King

Syllabification: Erl King
Pronunciation: /ˈərl ˌkiNG


  • (In Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin who lures little children to the land of death.
    More example sentences
    • Erlkings often exercise a fatal influence, especially on children by means of alluring promises or visions that led to destruction.
    • Who is the shadowy Erlking?


late 18th century: from German Erlkönig 'alder king', a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge 'king of the elves'.

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