Definition of baroness in English:



  • 1The wife or widow of a baron. Baroness is not used as a form of address, baronesses usually being referred to as ‘Lady’.

    • ‘She was to become a lady-in-waiting for a baroness in Norfolk, the end of the English world for Sibyl.’
    • ‘Pity the baroness but not the minister who died on his feet’
    • ‘South Australia's office of Thinker in Residence is occupied by neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, an English baroness and professor.’
    • ‘The baroness encouraged her daughter's friendship with the princess, hoping to improve her status, but to no avail.’
    • ‘But as long as I was still a baroness and he a baron, we would have to convince everyone around us that life was perfect.’
    • ‘They spoke to a full hall - with 40 people,’ the baroness explained to us.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember her to be a baroness or the like of it.’
    • ‘I have heard the baroness was fostered in a convent.’
    • ‘Mrs Bartley said: ‘I have been a very strong advocate of this scheme, and it seemed that the baroness was thoroughly interested.’’
    • ‘Like the baroness, I would prefer my children and grandchildren had my ‘estate ‘rather than waste it on nursing-home fees for my old useless body.’’
    • ‘I loved the advantages of being a baroness, what with the wealth that I had to spend; but sometimes I felt restrained.’
    • ‘The baroness is a wealthy American Quaker brought to 19 th-century Paris by her husband's business dealings, trying to make the best of it as a cultural dilettante.’
    • ‘The baroness, whose family originates from Wilberfoss, was jailed for seven years in 1990 for stealing from her aunt, the late Lady Illingworth, and forging a will.’
    • ‘The previous baron and baroness retired, and so a new baron and baroness were created by the king.’
    • ‘We're all expected to be there, and all the nobles will be there - lords, ladies, counts, viscounts, dukes, duchesses, barons, baronesses, and marquises; all of them.’
    • ‘Jennie Lee, after all, ended up as a baroness - a sinister parallel with Margaret Thatcher.’
    • ‘The baroness has transformed the wine of Chateau Clarke with the help of leading wine consultant Michel Rolland.’
    • ‘I am still waiting for that someone to be my baroness.’
    • ‘Caroline became a baroness when she married a German aristocrat and military officer named Baron Von Roques.’
    1. 1.1 A woman holding the rank of baron either as a life peerage or as a hereditary rank.
      • ‘But what possessed Kinnock, Hattersley, and our more enlightened baronesses?’
      • ‘Although the name Hepburn is common in Scotland, she was actually born in Belgium and her mother was a Dutch baroness.’
      • ‘That is Bryn Ulrick; his mother is a wealthy baroness, his father a hunter.’
      • ‘The foundation of his career was his marriage to the granddaughter of the master of Loudoun, a baroness in her own right.’
      • ‘Her mother was a Viennese baroness, a descendant of Leopold Baron von Sacher-Masoch, author of the masochistic classic Venus in Furs.’
      • ‘During this time, Lockhart met Moura Budberg, a Ukrainian-born baroness, who became the love of his life, and with whom, according to his son, he remained romantically involved until his death in 1970.’
      • ‘Perhaps I will see you tomorrow night at the baroness's betrothal festivities.’
      • ‘He had four major relationships, a German baroness, a Spanish aristocrat, an American heiress and, of course, the gorgeous Norwegian model Eva Sannum.’
      • ‘I worry about the plea bargain arrangements which made it possible for Mark Thatcher to get away with a R3 million fine, which will probably be paid by the baroness or his Texas in-laws.’
      • ‘He married a baroness and went on to write a doctoral dissertation on an unusual topic, ‘Epicureanism’.’
      • ‘The daughter of an English banker and a Dutch baroness, she was educated at private schools in England and the Netherlands.’
      • ‘She had been awarded a title baroness by the time she joined us the fall of '93.’
      • ‘‘Good luck tonight, baroness, I pray you find a worthy man tonight,’ cheered Genevieve as she looked over her masterpiece.’
      • ‘My mother came from a blue blooded Catholic family, she was actually a baroness.’
      • ‘She's probably best known as the baroness in The Sound of Music, who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews, but she is to be found as eye candy in a lot of lesser films of the '40s and '50s.’
      • ‘The Yorkshire-born baroness was one of four distinguished figures from the worlds of literature, science and politics presented with honorary degrees by university Chancellor Lord Bragg.’
      • ‘Faulkner asked the baroness in the House of Lords whether the UKs government would support the resolution passed by the European Parliament on Dec.18 last year.’
      noblewoman, gentlewoman, duchess, countess, peeress, viscountess, baroness, dame, grand dame
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