noun \ˈər(-ə)l\

: a high-ranking member of the British nobility

Full Definition of EARL

:  a member of the British peerage ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
earl·dom \-dəm\ noun

Origin of EARL

Middle English erl, from Old English eorl warrior, nobleman; akin to Old Norse jarl warrior, nobleman
First Known Use: 12th century


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