Definition of earl:

part of speech: noun

Nobleman ranking next below a marquis.

part of speech: noun

A British title of nobility, or a nobleman, the third in rank, being next below a marquis, and next above a viscount. The earl formerly had the government of a shire, and was called shireman. After the Conquest earls were called counts, and from them shires have taken the name of counties. Earl is now a mere title, unconnected with territorial jurisdiction, so much so that several earls have taken as their titles their own names with the prefix Earl, as Earl Grey, Earl Spencer, Earl Russel.

part of speech: noun

A British nobleman next in rank below a marquis.

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