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 Scotland, who was made a baroness, is also secretary-general of the Commonwealth, an organization of more than 50 nations that were previously part of the British Empire. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 The baroness will touch on the ongoing partnership between The Prince's Foundation and The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, established in memory of her son, who dreamed of becoming an architect. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2022 Phipps is an attorney for a very wealthy oil baroness. Joe Otterson, Variety, 30 June 2022 He later was granted a peerage, making Jane a baroness. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 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 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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