m baron

Baron

[ba-rawn]
noun
Michel [mee-shel] , (Michel Boyron) 1653–1729, French actor.
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baron (ˈbærən)
 
n
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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baron
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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