[ bar-uhn ]
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  1. a member of the lowest grade of nobility.

  2. (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.

  1. an important financier or industrialist, especially one with great power in a particular area:an oil baron.

  2. a cut of mutton or lamb comprising the two loins, or saddle, and the hind legs.

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”

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[ ba-rawn ]

  1. Mi·chel [mee-shel], /miˈʃɛl/, Michel Boyron, 1653–1729, French actor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for baron


/ (ˈbærən) /

  1. a member of a specific rank of nobility, esp the lowest rank in the British Isles

  2. (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

  1. a powerful businessman or financier: a press baron

  2. English law (formerly) the title held by judges of the Court of Exchequer

  3. short for baron of beef

Origin of baron

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

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