earldom

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From Middle English erldom, from Old English eorldōm, equivalent to earl +‎ -dom. Compare English jarldom.

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earldom (plural earldoms)

  1. The rank of being an earl.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, King Richard III
      And, look when I am king, claim thou of me / The earldom of Hereford, and all the movables / Whereof the king my brother was possess'd.
  2. The territory controlled by an earl.

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