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1. (in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex



in early medieval England, a member of the hereditary nobility, as distinguished from an ordinary freeman, or ceorl. The average size of an earl’s holding was 40 hides. As Anglo-Saxon society became feudalized, the earls, in the late seventh century, became part of the general landed aristocracy required to render state service, the thanes. Since the 11th century the term “earl” has designated a noble rank corresponding to that of count.

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Mrs Earl was suspended three days later and escorted off the school premises.
Harley had worked on a number of different types of cars, including Cadillacs (Mary Pickford, no less, had him develop a roadster for her on a Caddy chassis: he was something of a favorite among celebrities; Earl Automobile Works even made chariots and covered wagons for the Hollywood studios).
As an elderly driver with an unblemished record, Earl is ignored by police and he is rewarded for his services.
In the dock, Earl, of Hill Court, Lockerbie, admitted that, at Hill Court, he behaved in a threatening manner, shouted, swore, made threats of violence towards police officers and threatened to kill a police dog.
The visitors failed to clear a corner and the ever-alert Earl flicked the ball inside the near post to get his second goal of the day.
Earl's father, RJ, proves to be the strongest, most nuanced character in the strong cast.
The second part of the strategy was pretty easy, as only Earl and his father hunt the property.
When the cortege passed down The Mall, the Earl walked behind the hearse between Princes William and Harry, who were flanked by Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Earl is the first hurricane to make landfall in Belize in almost exactly four years (Hurricane Ernesto hit the country Aug.
Ralston told police that Earl was not his dog but that he was watching the dog for a friend, later identified as Jordan Woody.
During his real estate career, Robert Earl has successfully helped customers buy and sell over 400 homes as a licensed agent in Virginia and Florida.
For Earl Sweatshirt, we caught up with Odd Future producers Matt Martians and Syd tha Kyd, who together make up The Internet, and video directors AG Rojas and Hiro Murai.