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baron

formerly the title held by judges of the COURT OF EXCHEQUER.

BARON. This word has but one signification in American law, namely, husband: we use baron and feme, for husband and wife. And in this sense it is going out of use.
     2. 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. Husband; Marriage; Wife.
     3. In the laws of the middle ages, baron or bers, (baro) signifies 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.

COVERT, BARON. A wife; so called, from her being under the cover or protection of her husband, baron or lord.

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And the Barons follow in, with each mailed hand upon the sword-hilt, and the word is given to let go.
The Baron Von Koeldwethout, of Grogzwig in Germany, was as likely a young baron as you would wish to see.
And the baron pointed, with a slow and accusing gesture, to the left shoulder of Milady, which he almost touched with his finger.
Or of wisdom, my dear baron -- or of wisdom," said Louis XVIII.
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Then I bowed again, put on my hat, and walked past the Baron with a rude smile on my face.
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Prince Vasili wished to obtain this post for his son, but others were trying through the Dowager Empress Marya Fedorovna to secure it for the baron.
So we are to lose you soon, Prince," the Baron was saying.
I am the Baron D'Evignon," he announced, "second secretary at the Embassy here.
under the name of Baron Rivar, and in the character of her brother) was her brother at all.