housecarl [hous′kärl΄]
[Late OE huscarl < ON hūskarl, lit., houseman: see HOUSE & CHURL]
a member of the bodyguard or household troops of a Danish or English king or nobleman in late Anglo-Saxon times

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  • Housecarl — House carl , n. [OE. huscarle. See {House}, and {Carl}.] (Eng. Arch[ae]ol.) A household servant; also, one of the bodyguard of King Canute. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Housecarl — Cette partie de la Tapisserie de Bayeux montre probablement un chevalier normand (à droite) affrontant un housecarl (à gauche) [1]. Les Housecarls (du vieux norrois hous, maison, et carl, homme) sont une garde personnelle d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • housecarl — noun Etymology: Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl, from hūs house + karl man; akin to Old English ceorl churl Date: before 12th century a member of the bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Housecarl — Housecarls were household troops, personal warriors and equivalent to a bodyguard to Scandinavian lords and kings. The anglicized term comes from the Old Norse term huskarl or huscarl (literally, house man , i.e., armed man (churl) in the service …   Wikipedia

  • Housecarl — Huscarls (auch Huskarl), englisch Housecarls, waren Krieger der persönlichen Leibgarde von skandinavischen Adligen und Königen. Der Name leitet sich aus dem Altnorwegischen her und bedeutet soviel wie „Bewaffneter im Dienste eines bestimmten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • housecarl — /hows kahrl /, n. a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble. [bef. 1050; ME; late OE huscarl < Dan huskarl. See HOUSE, CARL] * * * ▪ Scandinavian royal troops also spelled  huscarl , Old Norse… …   Universalium

  • housecarl — noun once, a member of the Scandinavian royal household troops …   Wiktionary

  • Housecarl — Household retainer, esp. a military retainer; used particularly of the retinues of the Danish kings of England and their successors. Cf. Thegn …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • housecarl — [ haʊskα:l] (also housecarle) noun (before the Norman Conquest) a member of the bodyguard of a Danish or English king or noble. Origin OE hūscarl, from ON húskarl manservant …   English new terms dictionary

  • housecarl — house•carl [[t]ˈhaʊsˌkɑrl[/t]] n. why a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble • Etymology: bef. 1050; ME; late OE hūscarl < early Dan hūskarl. See house, carl …   From formal English to slang

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