Definition of ceorl in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃəːl/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


(In Anglo-Saxon England) a freeman of the lowest class, ranking directly below a thane.
Example sentences
  • 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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