1. Proper noun.  The title of an earl.
  2. Proper noun.  (chiefly, US) (given name, male) from the English noun earl.
  3. Proper noun.  (surname, from Middle English) for service in the household of an earl, or from a nickname.
  4. 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.

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