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noun bar·on \ ˈber-ən , ˈba-rən \

Definition of baron

1 a :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
2 a :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

Examples of baron in a Sentence

  1. a media baron who owns newspapers, television and radio stations, and even several cable networks

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Origin and Etymology of baron

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


BARON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of baron for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun bar·on \ ˈber-ən \

Definition of baron for Students

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


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