baron

noun
bar·​on | \ˈber-ən, 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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Lost to history until 1914, when it was discovered in the private collection of a German baron, it is being sold by a German document collector. Mark Pratt, Fox News, "Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction," 10 July 2018 Genesis Global Trading, a subsidiary of crypto baron Barry Silbert’s Digital Currency Group, has had the status since 2015. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase Acquires Broker-Dealer in Push to Sell Securities," 6 June 2018 Don Blankenship is a coal baron who tried to inflate his profits by ignoring safety regulations — at a mine where 29 of his workers were subsequently killed in a coal dust explosion. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Don Blankenship Continues Quest to Help Joe Manchin Keep His Job," 21 May 2018 Then there’s Don Blankenship, the dead-eyed coal baron who could very well win Tuesday’s West Virginia Republican senate primary. Samuel Hine, GQ, "The MAGA Men Who Love Ultra-High-End Italian Suiting," 8 May 2018 But the whole race was upended when Don Blankenship, a former coal baron who ran a company found to be violating federal safety regulations when a mining accident killed 29 people, entered the race. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 10 toughest Senate elections for Democrats in 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 Lord Carrington, the sixth baron of Carrington, was the longest-serving member of the House of Lords and a descendant of textile merchants, bankers, and members of Parliament dating to the 18th century. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Lord Carrington, former UK foreign secretary, dies at 99," 11 July 2018 Lord Carrington, the sixth baron of Carrington, was the longest-serving member of the House of Lords and a descendant of textile merchants, bankers and members of Parliament dating to the 18th century. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Lord Carrington, 99, Former British Foreign Secretary, Dies," 10 July 2018 Here are the major headlines about Pruitt from just the past month: New York Times highlights Pruitt's cozy relationship with a coal baronExorbitant pen costs! Chris Cillizza, CNN, "10 headlines that will make you wonder how Scott Pruitt still has a job," 6 June 2018

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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

noun

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

baron

noun
bar·​on | \ˈber-ən \

Kids Definition of baron

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

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