Earldom Earl"dom, n. [AS. eorl-d?m; eorl man, noble + -d?m -dom.] 1. The jurisdiction of an earl; the territorial possessions of an earl. [1913 Webster]

2. The status, title, or dignity of an earl. [1913 Webster]

He [Pulteney] shrunk into insignificancy and an earldom. --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

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  • earldom — early 12c., from EARL (Cf. earl) + DOM (Cf. dom) …   Etymology dictionary

  • earldom — noun /ˈərldəm/ a) the rank of being an earl And, look when I am king, claim thou of me / The earldom of Hereford, and all the movables / Whereof the king my brother was possessd. b) The territory controlled by an earl …   Wiktionary

  • earldom — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)ldəm[/t]] earldoms N COUNT An earldom is the rank or title of an earl …   English dictionary

  • earldom — earl ► NOUN ▪ a British nobleman ranking above a viscount and below a marquess. DERIVATIVES earldom noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • earldom — noun see earl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • earldom — /errl deuhm/, n. 1. Also called earlship. the rank or title of an earl. 2. the territory or jurisdiction of an earl. [bef. 1150; ME erldom, OE eorldom. See EARL, DOM] * * * …   Universalium

  • earldom — earl|dom [ˈə:ldəm US ˈə:rl ] n 1.) the rank of an earl 2.) the land or property belonging to an earl …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earldom — earl|dom [ ɜrldəm ] noun count 1. ) the land belonging to an earl 2. ) the social position of an earl …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • earldom — sb. RG. 523 …   Oldest English Words

  • earldom — earl·dom || ÉœrldÉ™m / ɜːl n. title of an earl (British nobleman); lands under an earl s jurisdiction …   English contemporary dictionary

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