earldom

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earl +‎ -dom

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earldom (plural earldoms)

  1. the rank of being an earl
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, King Richard III
      And, look when I am king, claim thou of me / The earldom of Hereford, and all the movables / Whereof the king my brother was possess'd.
  2. The territory controlled by an earl

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