Definition of Erl King in English:

Erl King

noun

  • (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin who lures little children to the land of death.

    • ‘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?’

Origin

Late 18th century: from German Erlkönig ‘alder-king’, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge ‘king of the elves’.

Pronunciation

Erl King

/ˈərl ˌkiNG//ˈərl ˌkɪŋ/