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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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 Christine, a corporate lawyer, had recently separated from Austin Hearst, the grandson of the media baron William Randolph Hearst. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Man Who Bought New York," 5 May 2018 King Albert of Belgium bestowed on Mr. Frere the title of baron in 1994. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Belgian Billionaire Was a Quiet Force in Europe’s Boardrooms," 7 Dec. 2018 As the New York Post first reported, the six-story Beaux Arts limestone townhouse once owned by the granddaughter of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt is on the market for the first time in years. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Three People Were Injured in a Fire at Manhattan's Last Gilded Age Mansion," 11 Dec. 2018 But as astute media barons know, power trumps fame. The Economist, "Orders to local news anchors cause much embarrassment," 5 Apr. 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 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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