bar·​on·​ess | \ ˈber-ə-nəs How to pronounce baroness (audio) , ˈba-rə-, -ˌnes, US also ˌber-ə-ˈnes, ˌba-rə- \

Definition of baroness

1 : the wife or widow of a baron
2 : a woman who holds a baronial title in her own right

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Recent Examples on the Web Tulsa oil baroness Stacy Schusterman gave $50,000, Silicon Valley philanthropist Liz Simmons gave $25,000, Kabacoff gave $10,000 and local education advocate Leslie Jacobs gave $7,500. Matt Sledge,, "In Orleans DA race Keva Landrum leads in recent fundraising over Arthur Hunter and Jason Williams," 8 Oct. 2020 When the British baroness Anne Glenconner was a child, her parents left their children for three years while her father served in World War II in Egypt. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "A Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret Sticks Up for the Royals," 20 Mar. 2020 The airship gondola further serves as the baroness’s dressing room. New York Times, "This 1915 Silent Film Was the ‘Joker’ of Its Day," 23 Oct. 2019 The baroness, who went blind, died in a Bamberg monastery in 1796. Fox News, "'Snow White' gravestone surfaces in Germany," 6 Aug. 2019 Other cast members include a triple baroness and the son of a Nigerian chief, but Tyler views his role on the show differently. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Meghan Markle's Nephew, Tyler Dooley?," 9 Oct. 2018 For women, the titles are: duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess, and baroness. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "All About Prince Harry’s Hot Cousin, Louis Spencer," 23 May 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 Ferdinand Marcos was supposed to buy it, but was deposed before a sale was finalized; a baroness briefly had the sultan of Brunei intrigued. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of baroness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of baroness

: a woman who is a member of a low rank of British nobility
: a woman who is a member of various ranks of nobility in other countries
: the wife or widow of a baron


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Kids Definition of baroness

1 : the wife or widow of a baron
2 : a woman who is a member of the lowest rank of British nobility

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