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ceorl Line breaks: ceorl
Pronunciation: /tʃəːl/

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Definition of ceorl in English:


(In Anglo-Saxon England) a freeman of the lowest class, ranking directly below a thane.
Example sentences
  • Even the West Saxon ceorl appears as the head of a free peasant household, owing military service, capable of owning slaves, and with significant legal status.
  • All ceorls could win promotion through prosperity or military service.
  • There were three main classes of ceorl, although the dividing line between the classes was indistinct.


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to carl.

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