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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Pruitt’s work at the EPA has pleased major Trump donors, like coal baron Robert Murray. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Scott Pruitt lasted so long at the EPA, and what finally did him in," 7 July 2018 The president urged West Virginia voters to support either Morrissey or another establishment candidate over ex-coal baron and convicted felon Dan Blankenship who was running as a Trump-like candidate. NBC News, "Trump has his sights set on West Virginia for the fall," 17 May 2018 But the surge of an ex-convict and former coal baron with a penchant for shock value has made West Virginia the marquee race. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Blankenship brawl tops roster of hard-fought Senate contests as primary voters have say," 8 May 2018 Costner plays John Dutton, the patriarch and baron of the Dutton family ranch in Montana. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Yellowstone': TV Review," 18 June 2018 The previous sellers were Vanessa and William Getty, a grandson of J. Paul Getty, the oil baron, according to public records. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "San Francisco Home Steps from ‘Billionaire’s Row’ Seeks $30 Million," 12 June 2018 Early beer barons began brewing here before Milwaukee became a city and before Wisconsin earned its statehood, and now are revered in the city’s lore. Mike Pramik, USA TODAY, "Milwaukee breweries from classic to craft," 6 June 2018 Pruitt asked coal mining baron Joseph W. Craft III for courtside seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The Washington Post,, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt sought used Trump hotel mattress: aide," 4 June 2018 The seats belong to Joseph Craft, a billionaire coal baron who leads Alliance Resource Partners -- the seventh largest coal mining company in the United States. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "NYT highlights Pruitt's cozy relationship with a coal baron," 3 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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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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