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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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Just as the arrow left the bow, the Vice-Warden trod heavily on the toe of the Baron, who yelled with the pain.
ejaculated--or, rather, growled--the Baron as he turned towards me in angry surprise.
Though the Baron di Piombo displeased mere courtiers, he had the Darus, Drouots, and Carnots with him as friends.
Moliere had no need of encouragement, and his gaze dwelt long and keenly on the Baron Porthos.
One fierce blow at the unsuspecting horseman at his side, one cry to his French troops, one desperate charge upon the unready lines before him, and these rebellious Barons might rue the day they dared to thwart his plans
You already, my dear Baron, know, I think, whither they lead.
Monsieur Pailleton had been a little taken aback by the visit of the Baron.
Baron Rivar, again, in his way was another conventional representative of another well-known type.
But in spite of this valiant champion of fair ladies in distress, the Baron would not return the lock.
This was a merry life for the Baron of Grogzwig, and a merrier still for the baron's retainers, who drank Rhine wine every night till they fell under the table, and then had the bottles on the floor, and called for pipes.
I've been charged with several missions to London while His Excellency Baron Stott-Wartenheim was still Ambassador in Paris.
But in general, the power of the barons triumphed over that of the prince; and in many instances his dominion was entirely thrown off, and the great fiefs were erected into independent principalities or States.