earl definition

  • noun:
    • A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquis, corresponding to a count in continental Europe.
    • applied as a title for these types of a nobleman.
    • A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquess; equivalent to a European matter. A lady with the style is called a countess.
    • A nobleman of The united kingdomt position below a marquis, and above a viscount. The ranking of an earl corresponds to that particular of a count (comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an earl is still called countess. See count.
    • The needlefish.
    • A British name of nobility designating a nobleman associated with the 3rd rank, being that next below a marquis and then above a viscount.
    • a British peer position below a marquess and above a viscount

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