housecarl

[ hous-kahrl ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl /

noun

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

Origin of housecarl

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