Origin of ceorl
OTHER WORDS FROM ceorlceorlish, adjective
Words nearby ceorl
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).Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
It was the 'ceorl' who lived on 'gafol land,' 172 and to pay gafol was to do service, though of a limited kind.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
The ceorl obtains the thegnly wergild if he has an estate rated for military purposes at five hides.
This status seems to be hereditary; the thegns sons are dearer born than are the sons of the ceorl.
If the bishop often insisted on the letter of this severe rule, he must have reduced many a free ceorl to beggary.