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baroness

[bar-uh-nis]
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noun
  1. the wife of a baron.
  2. a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.
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Origin of baroness

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

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See -ess.
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baroness

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

n.

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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