bar·​on | \ ˈber-ən How to pronounce baron (audio) , ˈba-rən \

Definition of baron

1a : one of a class of tenants holding his rights and title by military or other honorable service directly from a feudal superior (such as a king)
b : a lord of the realm : noble, peer
2a : a member of the lowest grade of the peerage in Great Britain
b : a nobleman on the continent of Europe of varying rank
c : a member of the lowest order of nobility in Japan
3 : a joint of meat consisting of two sirloins or loins and legs not cut apart at the backbone a baron of beef
4 : a man who possesses great power or influence in some field of activity a cattle baron

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Examples of baron in a Sentence

a media baron who owns newspapers, television and radio stations, and even several cable networks
Recent Examples on the Web One taxi driver trembled with fear when he was asked to drive by a three-story home owned by the mining baron Chen. Anchorage Daily News, "Chinese metal mines feed global demand for gadgets and poison China’s poorest regions," 30 Dec. 2019 The model developed in the 1880s, as burgeoning oil baron John D. Rockefeller sought to consolidate his holdings across state borders by placing stock from different properties into a single entity known as a trust. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Why is it called antitrust?," 13 Nov. 2019 A dozen years earlier, a scandal stemming partly from a family falling-out had reduced the senior Kushner from real estate baron to an inmate at a federal prison camp in Alabama. Sharon Lafraniere,, "For Kushners, redemption in the White House was mirage," 1 Apr. 2018 A dozen years earlier, a sordid scandal stemming partly from a family falling-out had reduced the senior Mr. Kushner from real estate baron to felon making wallets at a prison camp in Alabama. Sharon Lafraniere And Katie Benner, New York Times, "The Kushners Saw Redemption in the White House. It Was a Mirage.," 1 Apr. 2018 Gould was a native of Madison, the daughter of parents who were descendants of Wisconsin lumber baron families, according to a 2007 Milwaukee Magazine profile. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Influential former Journal Sentinel architecture critic Whitney Gould dies," 8 Dec. 2019 The house was built in 1885 when lumber, not autos, was the big source of wealth, by lumber baron Lucien Moore. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Stunning penthouse sits atop Brush Park mansion brought back to life," 30 Nov. 2019 North of this landmark, we are told, are nasty cattle barons who oppose statehood and wish to retain the anything-goes nature of the Old West. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Founding vs. The Old West in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," 25 Nov. 2019 The expensive Horned Dorset Primavera is the grande dame of the area, located in an historic sugar baron’s hacienda surrounded by luxury guesthouses. Iris Van Rynbach,, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of baron

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for baron

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German baro freeman

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The first known use of baron was in the 13th century

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21 Jan 2020

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“Baron.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baron

: a man who is a member of a low rank of British nobility
: a man who is a member of various ranks of nobility in other countries
: a man who has a lot of power or influence in a particular industry


bar·​on | \ ˈber-ən How to pronounce baron (audio) \

Kids Definition of baron

: a man who is a member of the lowest rank of British nobility

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