Origin of ceorl
Examples from the Web for ceorl
Ceorl, churl, n. before the Norman Conquest an ordinary freeman not of noble birth.
War, in short, which was an unwelcome accident to the Ceorl, was the business of life to the Gesith.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
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
An eorl could call upon the ceorl farmers for about forty days to fight off an invading group.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Chorl is frequently used for a countryman, in old books, from the Saxon ceorl.Folk-lore of Shakespeare|Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer