- 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
- Mi·chel [mee-shel] /miˈʃɛl/, Michel Boyron, 1653–1729, French actor.
Examples from the Web for baron
In 2012, the Kazakh foreign minister actually thanked Baron Cohen for making the movie.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
I told Seiler that I certainly did remember Edo Vanni, an outfielder who passed through briefly as a Baron.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
Your dad worked with Sherrill on The Baron in 1981 and recorded a few songs for Out Among the Stars around that time.The Inside Story of Johnny Cash’s Legendary Lost LP, ‘Out Among the Stars’
March 18, 2014
Duchess is the highest rank in the English peerage (in descending order the ranks go duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron).Kate Middleton: Why Be a Duchess When You Can Be a Princess?
August 5, 2013
The brilliantly intellectual Baron de Charlus suffers a stroke.David's Bookclub: Time Regained
April 8, 2013
Doesn't the baron look just too distinguished beside Mr. Higbee?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
From the shields, there is not one of these vessels which hath not knight or baron aboard.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The baron was inflexible in his resolution not to let Matilda leave the castle.
The baron, with some of his retainers and all the foresters, halted at daybreak in Sherwood forest.
The baron guessed at this circumstance from the customs of that age, and happened to be in the right.
- 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 baron
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."