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Baron

[ba-rawn] /baˈrɔ̃/
noun
1.
Michel
[mee-shel] /miˈʃɛl/ (Show IPA),
(Michel Boyron) 1653–1729, French actor.
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British Dictionary definitions for m. 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 m. baron

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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