- a member of the lowest grade of nobility.
- (in Britain)
- a feudal vassal holding his lands under a direct grant from the king.
- a direct descendant of such a vassal or his equal in the nobility.
- a member of the House of Lords.
- an important financier or industrialist, especially one with great power in a particular area: an oil baron.
- a cut of mutton or lamb comprising the two loins, or saddle, and the hind legs.
Origin of baron
Examples from the Web for barons
Here he celebrates the heyday of Birmingham's minor league team, the Barons.
From that day on and for the next ten years Rickwood and the Barons became the core of my life.
He was even a member of his own gang in high school—the Barons.10 Revelations About Robert Redford
The Daily Beast
May 8, 2011
"We are your subjects, sire," said the Gascon barons, though with no very good grace.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The barons gained some tidings of his proceedings, and were on their guard.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
His deemsters and barons are about him, and his people are on the sward below.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Men they were who inherited the blood of the saintly Langton and of his lordly Barons.
The other half went to princes, barons, and other possessors of lands, etc.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
- a member of a specific rank of nobility, esp the lowest rank in the British Isles
- (in Europe from the Middle Ages) originally any tenant-in-chief of a king or other overlord, who held land from his superior by honourable service; a land-holding nobleman
- a powerful businessman or financiera press baron
- English law (formerly) the title held by judges of the Court of Exchequer
- short for baron of beef
Word Origin and History for barons
c.1200, from Old French baron (nominative ber) "baron, nobleman, military leader, warrior, virtuous man, lord, husband," probably from or related to Late Latin baro "man," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frankish *baro "freeman, man;" merged in England with cognate Old English beorn "nobleman."