housecarl

[ hous-kahrl ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl /
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noun

a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.

Nearby words

  1. houseboy,
  2. housebreak,
  3. housebreaker,
  4. housebreaking,
  5. housebroken,
  6. housecat,
  7. houseclean,
  8. housecleaning,
  9. housecoat,
  10. housed string

Origin of housecarl

before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl < Danish hūskarl. See house, carl

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British Dictionary definitions for housecarl

housecarl

/ (ˈhaʊsˌkɑːl) /

noun

(in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen

Word Origin for housecarl

Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūs house + karl man; see churl

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