\ ˈər(-ə)l How to pronounce earl (audio) \

Definition of earl

: a member of the British peerage ranking below a marquess and above a viscount

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earldom \ ˈər(-​ə)l-​dəm How to pronounce earldom (audio) \ noun

Examples of earl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, the lady of the house had an idea: Hold a virtual cocktail party so people can join the Countess of Carnarvon and her husband, the 8th earl, in sipping gin! Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Downton Abbey Owners Are Hosting a Virtual Lockdown Cocktail Hour — with Jazz and Gin!," 16 Apr. 2020 The event, which kicks off at 4 p.m. EST, is the second Facebook Live cocktail party hosted by the Countess of Carnarvon and her husband, the 8th earl. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Real Downton Abbey Owners Are Hosting Another Virtual Cocktail Hour… Tomorrow!," 30 Apr. 2020 Snowdon married Serena Stanhope, 49, a daughter of an earl, in St. Margaret's Church next to Westminster Abbey in London on Oct. 8, 1993. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Queen Elizabeth's nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, is divorcing, the second royal split in a week," 18 Feb. 2020 The earl, David Armstrong-Jones, who owns a high-end furniture company, is the son of Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, and is 21st in line to the throne. NBC News, "Queen Elizabeth's nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, and wife announce plans to divorce," 18 Feb. 2020 His parents were named Isaac and Miriam, and in 1879 he was made an earl by a queen. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 Shushan’s version is mounted in a frame topped by an earl’s coronet. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 Native craftsmen soon learned to produce their own masterpieces, such as the 15-foot-high staircase designed for Cassiobury House, the country seat of the earls of Essex, around 1677-80. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A New Look at Britain’s Old Treasures," 23 Jan. 2020 Shutterstock's royal photographer, Tim Rooke, captured the earl aboard his unexpected mode of transportation this afternoon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret's Son Biked Home from the Queen's Royal Christmas Lunch," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of earl

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for earl

Middle English erl, from Old English eorl warrior, nobleman; akin to Old Norse jarl warrior, nobleman

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The first known use of earl was in the 12th century

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27 May 2020

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“Earl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earl. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earl

: a high-ranking member of the British nobility


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Kids Definition of earl

: a member of the British nobility who ranks below a marquess and above a viscount

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