baron

[ bar-uh n ]
/ ˈbær ən /

noun

a member of the lowest grade of nobility.
(in Britain)
  1. a feudal vassal holding his lands under a direct grant from the king.
  2. a direct descendant of such a vassal or his equal in the nobility.
  3. 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.
Compare baron of beef.

Origin of baron

1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin barōn- (stemof barō) man < Germanic; sense “cut of beef” perhaps by analogy with the fanciful analysis of sirloin as “Sir Loin”

Can be confused

barren baron baronet

Definition for baron (2 of 2)

Baron

[ ba-rawn ]
/ baˈrɔ̃ /

noun

Mi·chel [mee-shel] /miˈʃɛl/, Michel Boyron, 1653–1729, French actor.

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British Dictionary definitions for baron

baron

/ (ˈbærən) /

noun

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 for baron

C12: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German baro freeman, Old Norse berjask to fight
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