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housecarl

[hous-kahrl] /ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl/
noun
1.
a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
Origin
late Old English
1050
before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl < Danish hūskarl. See house, carl
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housecarl

/ˈhaʊsˌkɑːl/
noun
1.
(in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
Word Origin
Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūshouse + karl man; see churl
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