Definition of jarl in English:

jarl

noun

historical
  • A Norse or Danish chief.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle suggests that the Viking armies were led by jarls as often as kings.’
    • ‘In the early period there is little clear difference between powerful jarls and the many petty kings who flourished in Denmark and Norway.’
    • ‘Later, in the eleventh century, under kings such as Harald Hardrada, the power-broking jarls were crushed.’
    • ‘But the name earl gradually merged with the Danish jarl and, after the reign of Alfred, earls took over the responsibilities of ealdormen.’

Origin

Old Norse, literally ‘man of noble birth’; related to earl.

Pronunciation

jarl

/yärl//jɑrl/