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[bar-uh-nis] /ˈbær ə nɪs/
the wife of a baron.
a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.
Origin of baroness
1400-50; late Middle English baronnesse < Anglo-French, Middle French (see baron, -ess); replacing Middle English barnesse < Anglo-French, Old French
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The margravine, after conversing with the baroness, received me stiffly.

  • These were words the baroness uttered so seldom that they were little likely to be disputed.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • The important question was, to keep the baroness in ignorance.

    The Prussian Terror Alexandre Dumas
  • The baroness looked in Rose's face with an air of wonder that was not very encouraging.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • She is a baroness by birth, and has never consented to this union.

British Dictionary definitions for baroness


the wife or widow of a baron
a woman holding the rank of baron in her own right
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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