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EARLDOM. The seigniory of an earl; the title and dignity of an earl.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Pyncheon's property--to be measured by miles, not acres--would be worth an earldom, and would reasonably entitle him to solicit, or enable him to purchase, that elevated dignity from the British monarch.
Believe me I would give, Freely would give the broad lands of my earldom To look upon the face hidden by yon lattice -- "To gaze upon that veiled face, and hear Once more that silent tongue."
In 2016, rumors swirled that Prince Andrew asked the Queen to give her daughters' future husbands earldoms. However, he also denied those claims.
His website richardkingofhay.com offers titles for sale, including dukedoms, earldoms, baronies and knighthoods for between PS25 and PS50.