a member of the lowest grade of nobility.
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.
an important financier or industrialist, especially one with great power in a particular area: an oil baron.
a cut of mutton or lamb comprising the two loins, or saddle, and the hind legs.
Compare baron of beef.

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”

barren, baron, baronet. Unabridged


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

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.Fr. baron (nom. ber) "baron, nobleman, military leader, warrior, virtuous man, lord, husband," perhaps from Frankish baro "freeman, man;" merged with cognate O.E. beorn "nobleman." Related: Baronial (1767).
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Example sentences 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.
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