- 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.
Origin of baron
Definition for baron (2 of 2)
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Paul Hemphill|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Andrew Romano|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Tom Sykes|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The brilliantly intellectual Baron de Charlus suffers a stroke.
It would have delighted your heart to read it, were his words in writing to Baron Stockmar.The Empress Frederick; a memoir|Anonymous
"Yes, these stories always end in the same way, baron," said he.Baron Trigault's Vengeance|Emile Gaboriau
"Nowadays we get it all through the winter," said the Baron with a gesture of disenchantment.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
I presume you mean that Baron Benoni asked you to marry him?A Roman Singer|F. Marion Crawford
But they did not hobble far, for the voice of the Baron was heard in angry expostulation.The Joyous Story of Toto|Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for baron
Word Origin for baron
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."