Earl

Earl, a title of nobility, ranking third in the British peerage; originally election to the dignity of earl carried with it a grant of land held in feudal tenure, the discharge of judicial and administrative duties connected therewith, and was the occasion of a solemn service of investiture. In course of time the title lost its official character, and since the reign of Queen Anne all ceremony of investiture has been dispensed with, the title being conferred by letters-patent. The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon eorls which signified the “gentle folk,” as distinguished from the ceorls, the “churls” or “simple folk.”

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Eagre * Earl Marshal
Dynamo
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Eadric
Eads, James Buchanan
Eagle
Eagle, Order of the Black
Eagle of Brittany
Eagle of Meaux
Eagre
Earl
Earl Marshal
Earlom, Richard
Earlston
Early English
Earth Houses
Earthly Paradise
East India Company
East River
Eastbourne
Easter

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