Definitions for: Earl

[n] a British peer ranking below a Marquess and above a Viscount

Webster (1913) Definition: Earl, n. [OE. eorl, erl, AS. eorl man, noble; akin to OS.
erl boy, man, Icel. jarl nobleman, count, and possibly to Gr.
? male, Zend arshan man. Cf. Jarl.]
A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a
viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count
(comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an
earl is still called countess. See Count.

Earl, n. (Zo["o]l.)
The needlefish. [Ireland]

See Also: Earl of Leicester, Montfort, peer, Simon de Montfort

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