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Meaning of earl

earl

Pronunciation: (ûrl), [key]
— n.
  1. a British nobleman of a rank below that of marquis and above that of viscount: called count for a time after the Norman conquest. The wife of an earl is a countess.
  2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a governor of one of the great divisions of England, including East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex.

Earl

Pronunciation: (ûrl), [key]
— n.
  1. a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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