Definitions of baron

  1. a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a British peer of the lowest rank Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A title or degree of nobility; originally, the possessor of a fief, who had feudal tenants under him; in modern times, in France and Germany, a nobleman next in rank below a count; in England, a nobleman of the lowest grade in the House of Lords, being next below a viscount. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A husband; as, baron and feme, husband and wife. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. In Great Britain and other countries, the title of a peer, or nobleman, of the lowest rank. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A title of rank next above a baronet and below a viscount, being the lowest in the House of Peers: a title of certain judges: in feudal times, the peers or great lords of the realm. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A grade of nobility next below a viscount. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Baroness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Baronial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A member of the lowest order of nobility in several European countries. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A peer; a title or degree of nobility, the lowest in the British peerage; a judge of the Exchequer; a husband, as, baron and femme, husband and wife. A baron of beef, two sirloins not cut asunder. Barons of the Cinque Ports, those members of the House of Commons formerly elected by the Cinque Ports. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A rank of nobility next to a viscount; two sirloins not cut asunder. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. A lord or nobleman; the most general title of nobility in England. 1 Bl. Comm. 398, 399. A particular degree or title of nobility, next to a viscount. A judge of the court of exchequer. 3 Bl. Comm. 44; Cowell. A freeman. Co. Litt. 58a, Also a vassal holding directly from the king. A husband; occurring in this sense in the phrase "baron et feme," husband and wife. thelawdictionary.org
  15. This word has but one signification in American law, namely, hushand: we use baron and feme, for hushand and wife. And in this sense it is going out of use. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  16. In England, and perhaps some other countries, baron is a title of honor; it is the first degree of nobility below a viscount. Vide Com. Dig. Baron and Feme; Bac. Ab. Baron and Feme; and the articles. Hushand; Marriage; Wife. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. In the laws of the middle ages, baron or bers, (baro) signifes a great vassal; lord of a fief and tenant immediately from the king: and the words baronage, barnage and berner, signify collectively the vassals composing the court of the king; as Le roi et son barnage, The king and his court. See Spelman's Glossary, verb. Baro. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  18. bar'on, n. a title of rank, the lowest in the House of Peers: formerly a title of the judges of the Court of Exchequer: in feudal times the tenants-in-chief of the Crown, later the peers or great lords of the realm generally: till 1832, the name for the parliamentary representatives of the Cinque Ports: in Germany, the signification, instead of becoming restricted as in England, has become extended--the greater or dynasty barons having all been elevated to higher titles, a large number being designated barons in virtue of a diploma from some reigning prince, the title being used also by all his descendants.--ns. BAR'ONAGE, the whole body of barons; BAR'ON-BAIL'IE, a magistrate appointed by the lord-superior in a burgh of barony; BAR'ONESS, a baron's wife, or a lady holding a baronial title in her own right.--adj. BAR[=O]N'IAL, pertaining to a baron or barony.--n. BAR'ONY, the territory of a baron: in Ireland, a division of a county: in Scotland, a large freehold estate, or manor, even though not carrying with it a baron's title and rank: the rank of baron.--BARON OF BEEF, a joint consisting of two sirloins left uncut at the backbone. [O. Fr. barun, -on--Low L. baro, -onem; in the Romance tongues the word meant a man as opposed to a woman, a strong man, a warrior; traced by some to Celt. bar, a hero; by others to Old High Ger. bero, bearer, carrier.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. (Hist.) one who held by military or other honourable service from the king or other superior (restricted later to king\'s bb., & again to those, Great Bb., attending Great Council or summoned to Parliament; hence, peer). (Mod.) one of the lowest order of nobility; holder of foreign title (called Baron-, not, like English b., Lord-); b. of beef, double sirloin undivided. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. Baron. (Hist.) Lit. the man of the liege lord or king. This title displaced that of Thane in this country on the full establishment of the Feudal system after the Norman Conquest, the Ceorls and Thralls being now known as Freemen and Villeins. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. n. [Gothic , Anglo-Saxon] In England the lowest title of nobility ; one who ranks between a viscount and baronet. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. A degree of nobility next to a viscount; Baron is one of the judges in the court of exchequer; there are also barons of the cinque ports, that have places in the lower house of parliament; Baron is used in law for the husband in relation to his wife. Complete Dictionary

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