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 The baroness’ charity ball at her Hellman Hall home is where Cruella finally confronts her mother. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 The iconic Paris apartment of 20th-century socialite-turned-baroness Pauline de Rothschild immediately jumped to mind. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, 13 May 2021 Stone plays the fashionista Estrella, a young girl with a flair for design who teams up with a pair of fellow mischief-makers and sets her sights on taking down a baroness (Thompson). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Jenny Jones, a baroness and Green Party peer, suggested in the House of Lords last week that there should be a 6 p.m. curfew for men in the wake of Ms. Everard’s disappearance. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2021 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,, 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, 20 Mar. 2020 The airship gondola further serves as the baroness’s dressing room. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2019 The baroness, who went blind, died in a Bamberg monastery in 1796. Fox News, 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of baroness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Baroness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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