- a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.”
Examples from the Web for earle
Earle also gave a short musical performance, which included this rendition of his own “Christmas in Washington.”Watch Steve Earle Rant About GOP Victory
The Daily Beast Video
November 6, 2014
Unlike Brada Mendez, Earle, who had a violent past, was not attending A.A. voluntarily.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
October 24, 2014
“Growing up where I did, you had the Carter Family and the Staple Singers,” Earle says.Justin Townes Earle Talks About His New Album
March 28, 2012
Miss Earle looked for a moment indignantly at her questioner.
Miss Earle went on with her reading, and Morris pretended to go on with his.
He walked the deck after breakfast, but saw nothing of Miss Earle.
That is the reason your steamer chair was broken, Miss Earle.
It's an infernal shame to see Earle in the list and me—nowhere.
- (in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscountFemale equivalent: countess
- (in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex
Word Origin and History for earle
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.)).