noun \ˈber-ən, ˈba-rən\

: a man who is a member of a low rank of British nobility

: a man who is a member of various ranks of nobility in other countries

: a man who has a lot of power or influence in a particular industry

Full Definition of BARON

a :  one of a class of tenants holding his rights and title by military or other honorable service directly from a feudal superior (as a king)
b :  a lord of the realm :  noble, peer
a :  a member of the lowest grade of the peerage in Great Britain
b :  a nobleman on the continent of Europe of varying rank
c :  a member of the lowest order of nobility in Japan
:  a joint of meat consisting of two sirloins or loins and legs not cut apart at the backbone <a baron of beef>
:  a man who possesses great power or influence in some field of activity <a cattle baron>

Examples of BARON

  1. <a media baron who owns newspapers, television and radio stations, and even several cable networks>

Origin of BARON

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German baro freeman
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with BARON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Title of nobility, ranking in modern times immediately below a viscount or a count (in countries without viscounts). The wife of a baron is a baroness. Originally, in the early Middle Ages, the term designated a tenant of whatever rank who held a tenure of barony direct from the king. Gradually, it came to mean a powerful personage, and therefore a magnate. The rights and title may be conferred for military or other honorable service.


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