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baronformerly 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.