bar·on·ess | \ˈber-ə-nəs, 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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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 The elaborate setups waned in the 19th century, and the dogs neared extinction during World War II, before a baroness set out to bring them back. CBS News, "American Kennel Club adds 2 canine breeds to roster," 10 Jan. 2018 Among them are a Canadian media mogul, a Japanese hospital owner, and an American publishing baroness, though the fiercely private community abides by a rule not to disclose the names of owners to those who don’t belong to the club. Fortune, "Some of the World’s Priciest Real Estate Floats on Open Waters," 8 Dec. 2017 After an exacting renovation, it was opened in 2009 by a coal baroness named Yang Jing, who first visited Pingyao 22 years ago while running an export business. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Couple Who Saved China’s Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever," 30 Sep. 2017 Ultimately, Lockhart gets drawn into a morbid tale about the spa’s history, involving a mad baron, a baroness, his sister and the villagers who burned the place to the ground. Katie Walsh, The Mercury News, "‘A Cure for Wellness’ — masterful but flawed horror film," 14 Feb. 2017 After a split in the ménage à trois, the baroness and one of her partners vanished. Allison Amend, New York Times, "In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin," 23 June 2017

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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


bar·on·ess | \ˈber-ə-nəs \

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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