a British nobleman of a rank below that of marquis and above that of viscount: called count for a time after the Norman conquest. The wife of an earl is a countess.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a governor of one of the great divisions of England, including East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex.
Other definitions for Earl (2 of 2)
a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.”
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How to use earl in a sentence
She got to know the other regulars — the guys who served hot meals at earl’s First Amendment Grill, the girls who pulled up with coolers full of water and dry clothes when it rained.One year after George Floyd’s death sparked a movement, many protesters’ lives are forever changed | Marissa Lang | May 28, 2021 | Washington Post
earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.
According to the band, earl set the tempo, starting the songs with a simple four count, but in Bad Brains nobody leads, nobody chases, nobody hurries ahead, nobody lags behind.
earl also said Flavortown Kitchen would help his own restaurants, which have been suffering during the pandemic just like the mom-and-pops.Guy Fieri’s new chain of virtual kitchens aims to help independent restaurants — but will compete with them, too | Tim Carman | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Planet Hollywood — which has survived two bankruptcies, high-profile lawsuits and chicken tenders coated in Cap’n Crunch — remains part of earl Enterprises, the senior earl’s company, which has gone on a buying spree of late.Guy Fieri’s new chain of virtual kitchens aims to help independent restaurants — but will compete with them, too | Tim Carman | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
earl Spencer adds, “Effectively, my great-grandfather sold his children to his father-in-law.”The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain | Tim Teeman | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is admittedly a loaded question, but do you feel James earl Ray really killed Martin Luther King Jr.?Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History | Marlow Stern | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The earl was killed in battle and Marshal captured, but he would later be ransomed by the queen herself.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame | William O’Connor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
William appears to have organized acquiescence by English lords for John, and was duly awarded when he was made earl of Pembroke.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame | William O’Connor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At no time during the shoot was Viscount Severn directly in front of the earl of Wessex.Prince Charles Photographed Shooting, Charges of Animal Cruelty and Royal Hypocrisy Reignited | Tom Sykes | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The old earl's property, the source of his wealth, as from his title the reader will have shrewdly guessed, was in collieries.
With the management of these, however, the earl of Pit Town did not trouble himself.
He saw with evident pleasure the outward and visible signs of the old earl's immense wealth.
Edmund de la Pole, earl of Suffolk, on account of his near relationship to the house of York, beheaded.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
On joining the earl, father and son met as if they had parted only the previous day.
British Dictionary definitions for earl
(in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscount: Female equivalent: countess
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex
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