|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]|
French actor, from 1670 until his retirement in 1691 the undisputed master of the French stage
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