baron: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bar'un), [key]
  1. a member of the lowest grade of nobility.
  2. (in Britain)
    1. a feudal vassal holding his lands under a direct grant from the king.
    2. a direct descendant of such a vassal or his equal in the nobility.
    3. a member of the House of Lords.
  3. an important financier or industrialist, esp. one with great power in a particular area: an oil baron.
  4. a cut of mutton or lamb comprising the two loins, or saddle, and the hind legs. Cf.


Pronunciation: (ba-rôn'), [key]
  1. (Michel Boyron), 1653–1729, French actor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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