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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The age of press barons had not yet yielded to a generation of communication moguls whose technology would unleash a torrent of information and entertainment to make print seem puny. Les Hinton, WSJ, "Five Best: Les Hinton on the Giants of the Press," 28 Dec. 2018 Construction began in 1922 by the publishing baron William Randolph Hearst, and the magnificent property (with 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, pools, and terraces) was handed over to the state by the Hearst Corporation and family in 1958. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Hearst Castle's Iconic Neptune Pool Reopens After a 4-Year Renovation," 14 Nov. 2018 The Queen can choose from five titles for a man -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron -- and for a woman -- duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles," 19 May 2018 Mining baron Don Blankenship, released from prison for ignoring mine safety laws and allowing 29 of his employees to die, is following the same model in West Virginia. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Oliver North and the Creation of Donald Trump," 7 May 2018 President Donald Trump weighed in on the West Virginia Senate race Monday, urging Republicans to remember a disastrous special election in Alabama and vote against controversial coal baron Don Blankenship. Alix Langone, Time, "'Remember Alabama.' President Trump Just Told West Virginia Republicans Not to Back Don Blankenship," 7 May 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of baron

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

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