See also: Erl and -erl

Middle English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Old English eorl, from Proto-West Germanic *erl, from Proto-Germanic *erlaz. Cognate to Old Swedish iærl, Old Danish ierl.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛrl/, /ˈɛːrl/, /ˈjɛrl/, /ˈɛrəl/

Noun edit

erl (plural erles)

  1. A great noble subordinate to a king or duke; a count or earl:
    1. An early medieval Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Norse magnate (subordinate to the king).
    2. An earl; the English equivalent to a count under the king or (later) a duke.
  2. (rare) A partner; one who accompanies another.

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • English: earl
  • Scots: yerl, yarl (merged with Old Norse jarl)
  • Yola: earle

References edit

Old Saxon edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Germanic *erlaz.

Noun edit

erl m

  1. earl, man

Declension edit