Definition of baron in English:
1A member of the lowest order of the British nobility. Baron is not used as a form of address, barons usually being referred to as ‘Lord’.
- Dukes, duchesses, and barons made up the nobility, while the gentry consisted of knights and lords.
- Most of the barons and lords that went up against Arthur, and lost, ended up as his knights and governing heads.
- Well, you see, the lords and barons swore their oath to make the king sign the Magna Carta at Bury St Edmunds.
1.1A member of a foreign nobility having a rank similar to that of a British baron.
- But with the aid of a meddling foreign country, the rebellious and discontent barons of that upper part of the country succeeded in receding from Palasar to create their own kingdom.
- He pictured the rulers of the countries of the world meeting at the annual Nomari, and countless trembling presidents, kings, barons, and prime ministers declaring him Emperor of Lothos.
- During this period, Malta was sold and resold to various feudal lords and barons and was dominated successively by the rulers of Swabia, Aquitaine, Aragon, Castile, and Spain.
1.2 historical A person who held lands or property from the sovereign or a powerful overlord.
- Some two hundred Norman barons took the land of over four thousand Anglo-Saxon lords, many of whom were exiled or killed.
- Because they had sworn an oath to their lord, it was taken for granted that they had sworn a similar oath to the duke, earl or baron who owned that lord's property.
- Knights and barons who had formerly controlled their own armies now took orders from the King.
2 [with modifier] An important or powerful person in a specified business or industry: a press baron
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- Happy is the press baron whose political and business interests work hand in hand - or fist in glove.
- Such service has ensured the custom of royal families, business barons and assorted celebrities over decades of dealing with the rich and famous.
- British and American media barons battled it out, with television broadcasting and production representing the modern Plains of Abraham and the Yanks acting as unrepentant victors.
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