Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The rank or title of an earl.
  • noun The territory of an earl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The seigniory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an earl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The jurisdiction of an earl; the territorial possessions of an earl.
  • noun The status, title, or dignity of an earl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the rank of being an earl
  • noun The territory controlled by an earl

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the domain controlled by an earl or count or countess
  • noun the dignity or rank or position of an earl or countess

Etymologies

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earl + -dom

Examples

  • For him, the earldom was a private treasure chest, not an estate that fed thousands of people.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • To the garter nobody can have slenderer pretensions; his family is scarce older than his earldom, which is of the youngest.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 2

  • 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.

    Stromata Blog:

  • Shortly afterwards Ælfgār was restored to his earldom and a peace treaty concluded.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • 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.

    Law

  • 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.

    Shakespeare and the Supremes

  • 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.

    Kings and Princes

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • 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.

    Mansions of Mayfair | Edwardian Promenade

  • Shortly afterwards Ælfgār was restored to his earldom and a peace treaty concluded.

    Kings and Princes

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