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[yahrl] /yɑrl/
noun, Scandinavian History.
a chieftain; earl.
Origin of jarl
1810-20; < Old Norse jarl; see earl
Related forms
jarldom, noun Unabridged
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  • Once he raised his pistol to jarl's heart and lowered it again.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • You, jarl, get into the lock and take a cable with an electro-magnet anchor.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • You, Nizzo and Ragna, enter the air-lock with jarl so that if he misses, you can pull him back.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • Aye, when there is hope that good may come of dying,” rejoined the jarl, “but now there is no hope.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • jarl Rongvold looked at his kinsman in undisguised amazement.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • “This is my son Rolf,” said the jarl, turning round hastily.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • "You ask me more than I know how to answer," replied jarl Eric.

    Sintram and His Companions Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • jarl Rgnwald had a family of sons who were noted men in their day.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • These he granted to jarl Svein, who was the betrothed of his sister Holmfrid.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Eric resumed the reins of government, with the Folkung, jarl Ulf, at the helm.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
British Dictionary definitions for jarl


(medieval history) a Scandinavian chieftain or noble
Derived Forms
jarldom, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Old Norse; see earl
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Word Origin and History for jarl

see earl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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