ceorl

[ chey-awrl ]

nounObsolete.

Origin of ceorl

1
before 1000; this form borrowed (17th century) <Old English

Other words from ceorl

  • ceorlish, adjective

Words Nearby ceorl

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How to use ceorl in a sentence

  • The Teutonic race had a myth which explained the origin of the classes eorl, ceorl and thrall (earl, churl and slave).

  • It was the 'ceorl' who lived on 'gafol land,' 172 and to pay gafol was to do service, though of a limited kind.

  • The ceorl obtains the thegnly wergild if he has an estate rated for military purposes at five hides.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
  • This status seems to be hereditary; the thegns sons are dearer born than are the sons of the ceorl.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
  • If the bishop often insisted on the letter of this severe rule, he must have reduced many a free ceorl to beggary.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland

British Dictionary definitions for ceorl

ceorl

/ (tʃɛəl) /


noun
  1. a freeman of the lowest class in Anglo-Saxon England

Origin of ceorl

1
Old English; see churl

Derived forms of ceorl

  • ceorlish, adjective

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