(In Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure 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'.
Definition of Erl King in:
- The US English dictionary