- a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
Origin of housecarl
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"That, I take it, is a hint that you might like to be a housecarl of the king's," he said.
And presently I thought that I might do worse than be a housecarl for a time, if Eglaf would have me.
Odin, how good it is to meet a housecarl who speaks as man to man and does not cringe to me!
Good it has been to have you here; and I think that I shall see you as a housecarl for good yet.
"Now is East Anglia mine in truth," he said; and with that he bade the housecarl fetch Curan, the cook's porter, to him.
- (in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūs house + karl man; see churl
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