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Earl meaning

earl - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. The needlefish.
  3. 3. Countess.
  4. 4. Nobleman ranking next below a marquis.

earl - examples of usage

  1. She dismissed the Earl of Sunderland in June, and sent word to her allies that she meant to make no further changes. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. When Gray appeared, the earl instantly suspected his errand. - "Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)", Walter Scott.
  3. Had not the Earl of Home been present, with a party of Merse men, to preserve order, a dreadful tumult would probably have ensued. - "Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)", Walter Scott.
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