Definition of jarl in English:


Syllabification: jarl
Pronunciation: /yärl


  • A Norse or Danish chief.
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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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