[bar-uh n]


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 confusedbarren baron baronet




Mi·chel [mee-shel] /miˈʃɛl/, Michel Boyron, 1653–1729, French actor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for baron

aristocrat, peer, lord

Examples from the Web for baron

Contemporary Examples of baron

Historical Examples of baron

  • 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 guessed at this circumstance from the customs of that age, and happened to be in the right.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • The wife brought some strong rope, and the baron tied their arms behind them.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • The baron was inflexible in his resolution not to let Matilda leave the castle.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for baron



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper