earl

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Middle English erl, from Old English eorl, from *erlaz (compare Old Norse jarl, Old Saxon/Old High German erl), from *erōną, *arōną (compare Old Norse jara (fight, battle)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁er- (compare Latin orior (to rise, get up), Ancient Greek [script?] (órnēmi, to urge, incite), Avestan [script?] (ərənaoiti, to move), Sanskrit [script?] (ṛṇóti, to arise, reach, move, attack)).

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earl (plural earls)

  1. A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquess; equivalent to a European count. A female using the style is termed a countess.

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