house carl


a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.

before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl < Danish hūskarl. See house, carl Unabridged
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housecarl (ˈhaʊsˌkɑːl)
(in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
[Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūshouse + karl man; see churl]

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