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
Recent Examples on the Web That would cover a Black Cube hired by a Harvey Weinstein, as a film-industry baron. Paul Starobin, Wired, 17 July 2021 Klaus Kinski takes another turn playing the madman for director Werner Herzog in the German auteur’s epic 1982 drama about a rubber baron on a Sisyphean mission to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 The academy had been founded just a few years before Knoll’s visit by George Booth, a newspaper baron and philanthropist, and his wife, Ellen. Belinda Lanks, WSJ, 18 June 2021 He was born out of wedlock to a local 17-year-old noblewoman and a baron from the nearby town of Fiume, today in Croatia and called Rijeka. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 3 June 2021 Early on, Lai faced economic consequences for this pivot to being a media baron. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 24 June 2021 Crucial Quote Shortly after returning to the App Store, Parler named George Farmer—a former candidate for the U.K.’s Brexit Party, husband of Trump supporter Candace Owens and son of a conservative British baron—as its new CEO. Robert Hart, Forbes, 2 June 2021 No, the town is not named for marijuana but a local 19th-century timber baron, Abner Weed. Thomas Fuller, Arkansas Online, 25 May 2021 The Morgan show features books acquired by Jayne Wrightsman, who with her husband, oil baron Charles Wrightsman, amassed a trove of 18th-century French fine and decorative arts, including paintings, sculpture, furniture and vases as well as books. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 11 June 2021

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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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“Baron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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