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[yahrl] /yɑrl/
noun, Scandinavian History.
a chieftain; earl.
Origin of jarl
1810-20; < Old Norse jarl; see earl
Related forms
jarldom, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jarl
Historical Examples
  • Long and thoughtfully and with many questionings did Ben Ezra listen to the jarl in an inner chamber of his house.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • You, jarl, get into the lock and take a cable with an electro-magnet anchor.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • Thorkell, a Danish jarl, marched all through Wessex, and for three years more his host pillaged everywhere in the South.

    Early Britain Grant Allen
  • Once he raised his pistol to jarl's heart and lowered it again.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • So little jarl made his way up to the bowery, where was a minstrel's window looking down into the hall.

    Moonshine & Clover Laurence Housman
  • jarl Rongvold looked at his kinsman in undisguised amazement.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • He says that the Sagem, the jarl of his people, lives in a castle over there somewhere.

  • “This is my son Rolf,” said the jarl, turning round hastily.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I would I better knew the streets," said the jarl, as he strode swiftly onward.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • "You ask me more than I know how to answer," replied jarl Eric.

    Sintram and His Companions Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
British Dictionary definitions for jarl


(medieval history) a Scandinavian chieftain or noble
Derived Forms
jarldom, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Old Norse; see earl
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Word Origin and History for jarl

see earl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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