Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In Anglo-Saxon England) a freeman of the lowest class, ranking directly below a thane.
- The fully armed late Saxon warrior was something more than a ceorl turned soldier.
- If a ceorl and his wife have a child, and the ceorl dies, the mother shall keep her child and bring it up.
- 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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