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(n.) A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count (comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an earl is still called countess. See Count.
(n.) The needlefish.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Earl'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/e/earl.html. 1828.