earl
noun Etymology: Middle English erl, from Old English eorl warrior, nobleman; akin to Old Norse jarl warrior, nobleman Date: 12th century a member of the British peerage ranking below a marquess and above a viscountearldom noun

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  • Earl — 〈[ œ:l] m. 6; engl. Bez. für〉 Graf * * * Earl [ə:l ], der; s, s [engl. earl; vgl. ↑ Jarl]: engl. Bez. für: Graf. * * * I Earl …   Universal-Lexikon

  • EARL — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres   Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Earl — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earl — earl; earl·dom; earl·ship; Earl; …   English syllables

  • Earl — m English (mainly U.S.): from the English aristocratic title, originally a nickname parallel to DUKE (SEE Duke), KING (SEE King), etc. The title was first used in England in the 12th century, as an equivalent to the French comte count; it is from …   First names dictionary

  • Earl — Earl, NC U.S. town in North Carolina Population (2000): 234 Housing Units (2000): 109 Land area (2000): 0.819678 sq. miles (2.122956 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.819678 sq. miles (2.122956… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Earl — Earl, n. (Zo[ o]l.) The needlefish. [Ireland] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earl — Earl, ein Titel in England, unserm deutschen Worte Graf fast entsprechend, ehedem die höchste Stufe des Adels bezeichnend. Wilhelm der Eroberer führte ihn ein; als jedoch der schwarze Prinz 1355 von seinem Vater Eduard III. zum Herzoge (duke)… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • earl — ● earl nom masculin (anglais earl) Titre anglais équivalent de celui de comte …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • earl — [ə:l US ə:rl] n [: Old English; Origin: eorl] a man with a high social rank ▪ the Earl of Warwick …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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