- the wife of a baron.
- a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.
Origin of baroness
Examples from the Web for baroness
It was exactly a week ago when reports first leaked that the Baroness of Butter had used the N word in the past.Paula Deen Apologizes (Again) on ‘Today.’ Do You Forgive Her Yet?
June 26, 2013
Being politically astute, even in her dotage, Baroness Thatcher was aware what contention that could create.Margaret Thatcher, Divisive Even in Death
April 12, 2013
Baroness Thatcher, who rarely goes out in public anymore, is not attending.Cherie Blair Avoids Her Old Enemy The Queen
July 24, 2012
A smart new documentary from HBO, The Jazz Baroness, captures the many sides of the jazz pianist.Thelonious Monk Is Back
November 24, 2009
"We need to change the language," asserted Baroness Mary Goudie, a Labour member of Britain's House of Lords.The New Activism
November 5, 2009
The Baroness seated the General on her right, and Amadieu on her left.
"Well, but I don't refuse to drive you there," resumed the Baroness.
She referred to her son's culpable connection with Baroness Duvillard.
And on the priest asking if Baroness Duvillard had yet arrived, "Why no!"
The priest still lingered on the settee when the Baroness rose.
- the wife or widow of a baron
- a woman holding the rank of baron in her own right
Word Origin and History for baroness
early 15c., from Old French barnesse "lady of quality, noblewoman" (also, ironically, "woman of low morals, slut") or Medieval Latin baronissa (see baron).