the wife of a baron.
a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.

Origin of baroness

1400–50; late Middle English baronnesse < Anglo-French, Middle French (see baron, -ess); replacing Middle English barnesse < Anglo-French, Old French

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baroness



the wife or widow of a baron
a woman holding the rank of baron in her own right
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Word Origin and History for baroness

early 15c., from Old French barnesse "lady of quality, noblewoman" (also, ironically, "woman of low morals, slut") or Medieval Latin baronissa (see baron).

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