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A member of the bodyguard or household troops of a Danish or Anglo-Saxon king or noble.
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(Historical Terms) (in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
[Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūs house + karl man; see churl]
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a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
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