bar·​on ˈber-ən How to pronounce baron (audio)
: 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)
: a lord of the realm : noble, peer
: a member of the lowest grade of the peerage in Great Britain
: a nobleman on the continent of Europe of varying rank
: 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 in a Sentence

a media baron who owns newspapers, television and radio stations, and even several cable networks
Recent Examples on the Web The Collier family, descendants of the land baron who owned much of the real estate in the county that bears his name, has agreed to sell much of its vast holdings of mineral rights within the preserve to the federal government — for the right price. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Imperial’s thirsty farm barons sucked up 787 billion gallons of Colorado River water last year, more than anyone else in the West. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 They were owned by rail barons who engaged in monopolistic practices and price-fixing schemes while exposing workers and passengers to the sort of danger that’s hard to imagine today. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 The two brothers who owned the theater, both powerful real estate barons, were given two years in prison, a sentence that Ms. Krishnamoorthy appealed to the Supreme Court. Sameer Yasir Elke Scholiers, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Named after the baron, the museum is now one of the most popular in Spain — and the Pissarro is one of its showpieces. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Jan. 2024 After the death of her husband, a ruthless Australian cattle baron, King Carney (Bryan Brown), plots to take her land, so Lady Ashley reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover (Hugh Jackman) to protect her ranch. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Climate & Environment For Subscribers How powerful land barons shaped the epic floods in California’s heartland Sept. 28, 2023 J.G. Boswell Co., the area’s largest landowner, grows tomatoes, cotton and other crops on vast acreage in the Tulare lakebed. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 This is a global summit on addressing climate change, yet it is hosted in an oil nation with an oil baron in the president’s chair. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of baron was in the 13th century

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“Baron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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bar·​on ˈbar-ən How to pronounce baron (audio)
: a member of the lowest rank of the British nobility
: a person of great power or influence
a cattle baron

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