Pronunciation: (ûrl),[key] —n. 1. a British nobleman of a rank below that of marquis and above that of viscount: called count for a time after the Norman conquest. The wife of an earl is a countess.
2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a governor of one of the great divisions of England, including East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex.
Pronunciation: (ûrl),[key] —n. a male given name: from the old English word meaning “noble.” Also,Earle.