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  1. Also called earlship. the rank or title of an earl.
  2. the territory or jurisdiction of an earl.
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Origin of earldom

before 1150; Middle English erldom, Old English eorldōm. See earl, -dom,
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Historical Examples

  • It will be time enough to think about it if he comes again now he has got the earldom.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He was the heir to the earldom, for the earl had never married.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • In the play as in history, Charles now confers upon Wentworth an Earldom.

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke

  • I am Earl Inewl, but I have lost the lands that made my earldom.

  • Drummond, a claimant of the honours and estates of the Earldom of Perth.

British Dictionary definitions for earldom


  1. the rank, title, or dignity of an earl or countess
  2. the lands of an earl or countess
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Word Origin and History for earldom


early 12c., from earl + -dom.

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