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Definition of earl:

  1. A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count ( comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an earl is still called countess. See Count.
  2. The needlefish.


aristocracy, consort, count, aristocrat, baron, noble, countess, archduke, baronetcy, baroness, baronet, lord.

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