- The definition of baron is the name of a low rank of nobility which comes below the grade of count or viscount or is a wealthy businessman who is a leader in his particular industry.
- A nobleman who owned land and was allowed into parliament is an example of a baron.
- A tycoon is an example of a baron.
A portrait of an 18th century baron.
- in the Middle Ages, a feudal tenant of the king or of any higher-ranking lord; nobleman
- a member of the lowest rank of the British hereditary peerage
- this rank or its title
- a European or Japanese nobleman of like rank
- ☆ a man having great or absolute power in some field of business or industry; magnate: an oil baron
- a large joint of meat, including the whole sirloin or both loins, with the backbone between
Origin of baronMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Frankish an unverified form baro, freeman, man ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to carry from source bear
- a. A British nobleman of the lowest rank.b. A nobleman of continental Europe, ranked differently in various countries.c. A Japanese nobleman of the lowest rank.d. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
- a. A feudal tenant holding his rights and title directly from a king or another feudal superior.b. A lord or nobleman; a peer.
- One having great wealth, power, and influence in a specified sphere of activity: an oil baron.
- A cut of beef consisting of a double sirloin.
Origin of baronMiddle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.
- aborn, NORBA
From Old French baron, Late Latin baro, barōnem (not to be confused with classical bāro, bārōnem "simpleton"). Used in early Germanic law in the sense of homo, especially "man, servant, follower, warrior" (also as barus). It is presumably of Frankish origin, from a Germanic word meaning "servant; man, warrior", possibly cognate with Old English beorn, perhaps originally *barô (“carrier”). A Celtic origin has also been suggested, due to the occurrence of a Latin barones meaning servos militum as early as the first century (Cornutus, On Persius' Fifth Satire). OED takes this hypothetical Celtic *bar- (“hero”) to be a figment.