• Earl


    • UK IPA: /ɜːl/
    • US IPA: /ɝl/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)l
    • Homophones: URL


    Middle English erl, from Old English eorl, from *erlaz (compare Old Norse jarl, Old Saxon/Old High German erl), from *erōną, *arōną (compare Old Norse jara ("fight, battle")), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁er- (compare Latin orior ("to rise, get up"), Ancient Greek (órnēmi, "to urge, incite"), Avestan (ərənaoiti, "to move"), Sanskrit (ṛṇóti, "to arise, reach, move, attack")).

    Full definition of earl



    (plural earls)
    1. A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquess; equivalent to a European count. A female using the style is termed a countess.
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