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[url-duh m] /ˈɜrl dəm/
Also called earlship. the rank or title of an earl.
the territory or jurisdiction of an earl.
Origin of earldom
before 1150; Middle English erldom, Old English eorldōm. See earl, -dom, Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He left a child, Christian Stewart, who was now heiress of the earldom.

  • It will be time enough to think about it if he comes again now he has got the earldom.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • And the men of the earldom came and did homage to Owen, and he became the Earl of the Fountain.

    King Arthur's Knights Henry Gilbert
  • I am Earl Inewl, but I have lost the lands that made my earldom.

    King Arthur's Knights Henry Gilbert
  • Lady Kingsbury looked upon him as all that the heir to an earldom ought to be.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • Drummond, a claimant of the honours and estates of the earldom of Perth.

  • She got him his earldom, being very well indeed at Court at that time with the King and Queen.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He bought for life the earldom of Northumberland and the manor of Sadberg.

  • Others said it was a thousand pities that there was no chance of the earldom of Linleigh for the gay captain.

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
  • Glamorgan, during our period, was attached to the earldom of Gloucester.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
British Dictionary definitions for earldom


the rank, title, or dignity of an earl or countess
the lands of an earl or countess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for earldom

early 12c., from earl + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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