court baron

noun

plural courts baron or court barons
: an inferior manorial court presided over by its lord or his steward that had jurisdiction over certain cases (as petty offenses) arising on the manor and affecting its tenants and that was abolished in England in 1867 after having fallen into disuse and was early abolished in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland where it existed briefly

Word History

Etymology

Anglo-French court baron, literally, baron's court

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“Court baron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court%20baron. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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