baroness

[bar-uh-nis] /ˈbær ə nɪs/
noun
1.
the wife of a baron.
2.
a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.
Origin
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.
Example Sentences for baroness
The husband of a baroness in her own right does not receive a style.
British Dictionary definitions for baroness
baroness (ˈbærənɪs)
 
n
1.  the wife or widow of a baron
2.  a woman holding the rank of baron in her own right

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baroness
early 15c., from O.Fr. barnesse "lady of quality, noblewoman" (also, ironically, "woman of low morals, slut") or M.L. baronissa (see baron).
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