Definition of jarl in English:

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Pronunciation: /jɑːl/


A Norse or Danish chief: the great jarl Thorfinn
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  • But the name earl gradually merged with the Danish jarl and, after the reign of Alfred, earls took over the responsibilities of ealdormen.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle suggests that the Viking armies were led by jarls as often as kings.
  • From the hill folk, I had heard Cyneric was begotten to a Danish woman by a famous jarl named Sigólfr, a name Cyneric bore whether or not the tale was false.


Old Norse, literally 'man of noble birth'; related to earl.

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