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From Old French baron, Late Latin barō, barōnem (not to be confused with classical bārō, bārōnem "simpleton"). Used in early Germanic law in the sense of homō, 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.
baron (plural barons)
- The male ruler of a barony.
- A male member of the lowest rank of British nobility.
- A particular cut of beef, made up of a double sirloin.
- A person of great power in society, especially in business and politics.
- A “robber baron” or “robber knight” is an historic term and title of disdain.
2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
- (law, obsolete) A husband.
- baron and feme: husband and wife
- "baron n.", Oxford English Dictionary, Second edition, 1989; first published in New English Dictionary, 1885.
- accusative singular of baro
baron m (plural barons)
- “baron” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
bàrōn m (Cyrillic spelling ба̀ро̄н)
- baron (title of nobility)