Earle

Earl

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noun
a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.”
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earl (ɜːl)
 
n
1.  Female equivalent: countess (in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
2.  (in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex
 
[Old English eorl; related to Old Norse jarl chieftain, Old Saxon erl man]

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earl
O.E. eorl "nobleman, warrior" (contrasted with ceorl "churl"), from P.Gmc. *erlo-z, of uncertain origin. In Anglo-Saxon poetry, "a warrior, a brave man;" in later O.E., a Danish under-king (equivalent of O.N. jarl), then one of the viceroys under the Danish dynasty in England. After 1066 adopted as
the equivalent of L. comes (see count (n.)).
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earl definition

[ɚl]
  1. in.
    to vomit. (Onomatopoetic. Possibly from hurl.) : Who's earling in the john?
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