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Meaning of EARL

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[n]  a British peer ranking below a Marquess and above a Viscount

EARL is a 4 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: Earl of Leicester, Montfort, peer, Simon de Montfort



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Earl\, n. [OE. eorl, erl, AS. eorl man, noble; akin to OS.
    erl boy, man, Icel. jarl nobleman, count, and possibly to Gr.
    ? male, Zend arshan man. Cf. {Jarl}.]
    A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a
    viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count
    (comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an
    earl is still called countess. See {Count}.
  2. \Earl\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    The needlefish. [Ireland]
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