court baron

noun
plural courts baron or court barons

Definition of court baron

: 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

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History and Etymology for court baron

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 23 Sep. 2020.

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