Dictionary.com

housecarl

[ hous-kahrl ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl /
Save This Word!

noun

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

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
Question 1 of 7
Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Origin of housecarl

before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl<Danish hūskarl.See house, carl
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for housecarl

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
See Today's Synonym