bar·​on | \ ˈber-ən How to pronounce baron (audio) , ˈba-rən\

Definition of baron

1a : one of a class of tenants holding his rights and title by military or other honorable service directly from a feudal superior (such as a king)
b : a lord of the realm : noble, peer
2a : 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
3 : a joint of meat consisting of two sirloins or loins and legs not cut apart at the backbone a baron of beef
4 : a man who possesses great power or influence in some field of activity a cattle baron

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Examples of baron in a Sentence

a media baron who owns newspapers, television and radio stations, and even several cable networks

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Raised in a West Virginia town of 200 residents, Cline became one of the richest coal barons in America. Times Wire Reports,, "Coal billionaire Chris Cline among 7 killed in helicopter crash," 5 July 2019 Fox News is a poisonous influence on our society, a propaganda organ that irresponsibly foments racial hate for the sake of a media baron’s bottom line. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "In search of the Democratic Party's fighting spirit," 20 June 2019 Former interior secretary Albert Fall and oil baron Edward Doheny on their way to court during the Teapot Dome scandal, Nov. 24, 1926. Andrew Coan, WSJ, "Why Robert Mueller’s Predecessors Usually Didn’t Prevail," 25 Jan. 2019 That does not just mean the overweening clout of the tech titan or the oil baron. The Economist, "Don’t shrink the role of markets—expand it," 10 May 2018 Do some shopping, beer baron style The first-ever Pabst Mansion outdoor estate sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday across the street from the historic home at 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from PrideFest to Crusherfest to Hello Kitty," 6 June 2019 That looks prescient now, with swaggering space barons like Elon Musk... Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: The New Off-World Economy," 17 May 2019 Coal barons can point to rebounding coal use recently: Chinese output hit 320 million tons in December, its highest since... Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Banks Are Choking on Coal Dust," 9 Apr. 2019 Edward II’s life has everything: a cadre of scheming barons, a vengeful queen, Edward’s own dramatic deposition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of baron

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for baron

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German baro freeman

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English Language Learners Definition of baron

: 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


bar·​on | \ ˈber-ən How to pronounce baron (audio) \

Kids Definition of baron

: a man who is a member of the lowest rank of British nobility

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