earl

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noun \ˈər(-ə)l\

Definition of earl

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

earldom

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Origin and Etymology of earl

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


First Known Use: 12th century


EARL Defined for English Language Learners

earl

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noun

Definition of earl for English Language Learners

  • : a high-ranking member of the British nobility


EARL Defined for Kids

earl

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noun \ˈərl\

Definition of earl for Students

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



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