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[hous-kahrl] /ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl/
a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
Origin of housecarl
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl < Danish hūskarl. See house, carl Unabridged
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  • "That, I take it, is a hint that you might like to be a housecarl of the king's," he said.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • And presently I thought that I might do worse than be a housecarl for a time, if Eglaf would have me.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • Odin, how good it is to meet a housecarl who speaks as man to man and does not cringe to me!

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • Good it has been to have you here; and I think that I shall see you as a housecarl for good yet.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • "Now is East Anglia mine in truth," he said; and with that he bade the housecarl fetch Curan, the cook's porter, to him.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • Whereon the housecarl laughed a little, and said that it was but an ancient flint working.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler
  • Presently Erling came alongside me, leaving the housecarl to mind his comrade.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for housecarl


(in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
Word Origin
Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūshouse + karl man; see churl
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