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

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 Sophia Loren purchased hull number three, and soon Rex Harrison, King Hussein of Jordan and Brigitte Bardot and her third husband, the German baron and playboy Gunther Sachs, were all owners as well. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 18 Sep. 2022 The authors—James Dale Davidson, an American investor, and William Rees-Mogg, a British baron and longtime editor of The Times of London—argue that as digital technology makes wealth increasingly hard to tax, the nation-state will dissolve. Anthony Lydgate, WIRED, 6 Sep. 2022 Edward’s first favorite to cause a stir was Piers Gaveston, the son of a Gascon baron who had fought for Edward’s father in several campaigns. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 But this one is so wrong that perhaps even Joe Manchin, a coal baron, realizes it. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 29 July 2022 Maggie De Stuers, a descendant of John Jacob Astor, married a Dutch baron low on funds. Barbara Spindel, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 De Stuers was charging the baron with extreme cruelty. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 28 June 2022 The French king had given the baron a second mission: to ensure the former colony took out a loan from young French banks to make the payments. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Then Nathan hit Maxwell, the multimillionaire daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, with the 240-month sentence. Adam Reiss, NBC News, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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“Baron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition of baron

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

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