- Proper noun. The title of an earl.
- Proper noun. (chiefly, US) (given name, male) from the English noun earl.
- Proper noun. (surname, from Middle English) for service in the household of an earl, or from a nickname.
- Noun. A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquess; equivalent to a European count. A female using the style is termed a countess.