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baron

[bar-uh n] /ˈbær ən/
noun
1.
a member of the lowest grade of nobility.
2.
  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.
3.
an important financier or industrialist, especially one with great power in a particular area:
an oil baron.
4.
a cut of mutton or lamb comprising the two loins, or saddle, and the hind legs.
Compare baron of beef.
Origin
1200-1250
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 confused
barren, baron, baronet.

Baron

[ba-rawn] /baˈrɔ̃/
noun
1.
Michel
[mee-shel] /miˈʃɛl/ (Show IPA),
(Michel Boyron) 1653–1729, French actor.
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Examples from the web for baron
  • The serfs had a place in feudal society in much the same fashion as a baron or a knight.
  • All appointees to this distinction have taken place at the rank of baron.
  • The rank of a baronet is between that of a baron and a knight.
  • When she became queen, her uncle baron parr of horton became her lord chamberlain.
British Dictionary definitions for baron

baron

/ˈbærən/
noun
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
3.
a powerful businessman or financier: a press baron
4.
(English law) (formerly) the title held by judges of the Court of Exchequer
5.
short for baron of beef
Word Origin
C12: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German baro freeman, Old Norse berjask to fight
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Word Origin and History for baron
n.

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."

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