Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medieval Scandinavian chieftain or nobleman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a medieval Scandinavian nobleman, especially in Norway and Denmark

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chief; an earl; in English history, one of the leaders in the Danish and Norse invasions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scandinavian history: A man of noble birth; a nobleman.
  • n. A chief; as a title, an earl; a count. The name was used both as a family title and as an official designation. In Iceland, practically a republican commonwealth, it never took root.

Etymologies

Old Norse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse jarl. Cognates include Old English eorl (English earl). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And south I went, when the ice passed out of the fjord, in jarl

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  • Brunanbuhr and the Juts who came as friends with the jarl Agard in his three long ships.

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  • And the jarl Agard's steel was out, and his Juts joining him as he shouted:

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  • But the jarl would have it no, and clapped Lodbrog on the shoulder, and asked me as a gift of friendship.

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  • Count Thyssen along with Northern Bizogot clan jarl Trasamund led an expedition beyond the glacier to explore the land the glacier and find the mythical Golden Shrine but soon return to the capital of Nidaris to rally the Raumsdalian forces against the invincible Rulers.

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  • As the oldest son of a jarl, Njall is to become jarl himself one day.

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  • Did the rebels not overthrow Toki soon, Johen would swear his allegiance to the New Danish jarl.

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  • Killing Johen would result in Hannu throwing its allegiance toward New Daneland, but the jarl of New Sweden was known for his idiocy.

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  • The Revolution had been won less than two fortnights ago, the old, corrupt jarl dead and deposed.

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  • Not that talking to the jarl would do them any good, Johen thought, disgruntled.

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