Origin of earl
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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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Other contributing writers on the original series included Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and Earl Hamner, Jr.
His family used it for many years until they sold it to William Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle.Our Hero! Morning Sickness Stricken Kate Middleton Rides In a 200 Year Old Carriage|Tom Sykes|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Captain Zoss was ahead of the others and was on top of the cliff when Earl shouted to him.To Alaska for Gold|Edward Stratemeyer
An expedition was fitted out, and sent against the Earl of Caithness, who was defeated and slain.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
The sources are at one in laying the blame for this trouble on Earl Eadric.Canute the Great|Laurence Marcellus Larson
It is certain, however, that no good woman and no honest man would consort with the wife of the Earl of Fylingdale.The Lady of Lynn|Walter Besant
Earl placed an elbow on his knee, using his hand as a rest for his throbbing temples.The Hindered Hand|Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for earl
Word Origin for earl
Word Origin and History for earl
Old English eorl "brave man, warrior, leader, chief" (contrasted with ceorl "churl"), from Proto-Germanic *erlo-z, of uncertain origin.
In Anglo-Saxon poetry, "a warrior, a brave man;" in later Old English, "nobleman," especially a Danish under-king (equivalent of cognate Old Norse jarl), then one of the viceroys under the Danish dynasty in England. After 1066 adopted as the equivalent of Latin comes (see count (n.)).