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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.

Synonyms:

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

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