from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rank or title of an earl.
- n. The territory of an earl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the rank of being an earl
- n. The territory controlled by an earl
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The jurisdiction of an earl; the territorial possessions of an earl.
- n. The status, title, or dignity of an earl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The seigniory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an earl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the domain controlled by an earl or count or countess
- n. the dignity or rank or position of an earl or countess
For him, the earldom was a private treasure chest, not an estate that fed thousands of people.
To the garter nobody can have slenderer pretensions; his family is scarce older than his earldom, which is of the youngest.
Augustus Hare described it as “an imitation, not a caricature of the best Italian models,” was built for R.S. Holford in 1851-53 on the site of an older house of the same name belonging to the extinct earldom of Dorchester.
Shortly afterwards Ælfgār was restored to his earldom and a peace treaty concluded.
Gruffudd now allied himself with Ælfgār, son of Earl Leofric of Mercia, who had been deprived of his earldom of East Anglia by Harold Godwinson and his brothers.
One need only read the what the poet wrote to Southampton to realize that these are not the words of the holder of the oldest title in England to a much younger man whose earldom went back only three generations.
They mean little to me when placed against the venerable consequence of the earldom.
It was almost a relief when everyone started reminding each other about the ancient and baffling phenomenon of entailment, the insane property law that enabled a complete stranger (well, a third cousin, once removed, in Manchester) to inherit all your money and earldom and acres of rolling parkland.
Self-made parking garage magnate who buys an earldom.
When she married her first husband, the heir to an earldom, her Colonsay daddy gave her away while her real, Edinburgh daddy sat quietly in a frontpew.