Earl meaning

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A British nobleman ranking above a viscount and below a marquess.
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A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquis, corresponding to a count in continental Europe.
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(person, proper) A masculine name.
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Used as a title for such a nobleman.
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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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The title of an earl.
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(chiefly US) A male given name from the English noun earl.
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A surname​ for service in the household of an earl, or from a nickname.
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Origin of earl

  • Middle English erl nobleman of high rank from Old English eorl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 [script?] (órnēmi, “to urge, incite”), Avestan [script?] (ərənaoiti, “to move”), Sanskrit [script?] (ṛṇóti, “to arise, reach, move, attack”)).

    From Wiktionary