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

Examples of baroness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lizzo showed up to fashion’s biggest night on Monday (May 2) in her best baroness look, fitting in with the Gilded Glamour outfits for the evening’s official theme, In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 3 May 2022 Ignazio's father, Ignazio Sr., had married a Sicilian baroness. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Charlotte du Rietz, a worldly Swedish baroness, also chose to be depicted as Diana, dressed in a leopard-pelt robe and a floral choker, bearing a spear. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 In contrast, Shafik, a baroness, has been the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2017. Rachel Sandler, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The new additions, which include a billionaire, a baroness and the CEO of the Gates Foundation,are being brought on in part to help bolster the foundation's governance in the wake of Bill and Melinda French Gates' divorce last year. Jennifer Korn, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 The two men were connected by a mediocre German painter, Rudolf Bauer, who further ingratiated himself as the boyfriend of Guggenheim’s principal adviser, the enthusiastic German baroness Hilla Rebay. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Voisin stars as Lucien de Rubempré, a young and fiercely ambitious poet from a modest background who engages in a forbidden affair with the baroness Louise de Bargeton (de France). Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 The iconic Paris apartment of 20th-century socialite-turned-baroness Pauline de Rothschild immediately jumped to mind. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of baroness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bar·​on·​ess | \ ˈber-ə-nəs How to pronounce baroness (audio) \

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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