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[url] /ɜrl/
a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.”. Unabridged
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  • "There was the young poet," they said—but who would have recognized earle?

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
  • earle, who was a fellow of Merton, called his sketches Microcosmography.

  • They were all very fond of Mr. earle by this time, and they wanted to know about Mr. Trelawny too.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
  • earle may have there pursued the method of verification and studied his characters in the flesh.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Also they were released of the interdiction and cursse of the church, and then also was their earle restored home.

  • Something may be said of earle's style before this introduction is brought to an end.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • You shall be that candidate, earle Moray, and you shall succeed.

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
British Dictionary definitions for earle


(in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscount Female equivalent countess
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex
Word Origin
Old English eorl; related to Old Norse jarl chieftain, Old Saxon erl man
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Word Origin and History for earle



Old English eorl "brave man, warrior, leader, chief" (contrasted with ceorl "churl"), from Proto-Germanic *erlo-z, of uncertain origin.

In Anglo-Saxon poetry, "a warrior, a brave man;" in later Old English, "nobleman," especially a Danish under-king (equivalent of cognate Old Norse jarl), then one of the viceroys under the Danish dynasty in England. After 1066 adopted as the equivalent of Latin comes (see count (n.)).

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