Definition of baronial in English:



  • 1Relating to a baron or barons.

    ‘a great baronial family’
    • ‘The last thing they wanted was to allow baronial power to take root in the Indies.’
    • ‘But the feudal system also allowed for Church functionaries, for instance the abbots of powerful monarchies, to adopt something of a baronial role.’
    • ‘In its isolation, seclusion, and self-reliant independence, Col. Lloyd's plantation resembles what the baronial domains were, during the middle ages in Europe.’
    • ‘Most of our evidence concerning the heraldry of twelfth-century baronial families comes from surviving seals.’
    • ‘The highest price paid to date for a baronial title is £250,000 for the feudal Earldom of Arran, which comes with several thousand acres.’
    • ‘Instead, we are shown how the planting and uses of the land were charged with hierarchical social values dependent on antique and baronial models.’
    • ‘He received an early warning of baronial frustration when a rebellion broke out led by Richard Marshal, the third Earl of Pembroke.’
    • ‘Mr Holt, a previous owner of the Skibo estate, bought the historical island, which comes with its own baronial title, around 10 years ago.’
    • ‘From the early years of Edward II's reign until the coup in Nottingham, members of the nobility had usually been forced to take either the side of the crown or the baronial opposition.’
    • ‘There followed a series of political manoeuvres from which one man, the King's brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, emerged as a somewhat improbable champion of English and baronial interests.’
    • ‘On 6 April 1648 a negotiated settlement allowed the Spanish garrison to re-enter Naples, while in the countryside the baronial forces gained the upper hand over the peasants and rebel communes.’
    • ‘He did not rebel when John took his castles; he gave up his two sons as hostages; he supported John against the Papal Interdict; and he supported John in the baronial rebellion.’
    • ‘They can't be closeted in their baronial offices.’
    • ‘In the evening it's back to the baronial hall for a documentary about George's old production company, Mancunian Films, and the Formby episode from The South Bank Show.’
    • ‘A slightly later and more prolonged phenomenon was the growth of nascent boroughs in association with royal and baronial castles.’
    • ‘But baronial powers were largely abolished after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.’
    • ‘He was born on March 15th, 1493, into a family that claimed the most ancient baronial title in France.’
    • ‘While the charter served a treaty-like function during the baronial wars, its reissue in time of peace established it as a basis of government.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the baronial movement took on some of the characteristics of a crusade.’
    • ‘His son joined the rebels, and this seems to have been the solution adopted by many baronial families.’
  • 2In the turreted style characteristic of Scottish country houses.

    ‘the stations were built in the distinctive Scottish baronial style’
    • ‘Externally it resembles a cross between an Italian palazzo and a baronial hunting lodge tacked on to a far older watchtower.’
    • ‘More popular, however, was the Elizabethan or Scottish baronial manner, offering patriotic sentiment without the small windows of the authentic castle.’
    • ‘Built in baronial style, among beautiful woodland gardens, it's perched on the headland where Loch Awe divides.’
    • ‘Reminiscent of a traditional baronial style house, the Strathallan is entered through a vestibule with double doors.’
    • ‘You can see echoes of Edinburgh step-gabling in the windows, hints of Scots baronial in the reception area and Celtic crosses carved into the ceiling.’
    • ‘Corsock House on the A712 near Castle Douglas is a David Bryce baronial house with temples, a water garden and a small loch.’
    • ‘By the 1900s, it bore all the characteristics of a Victorian baronial before becoming an old people's home in 1950.’
    • ‘We stayed at Castle Venlaw Hotel, an 18th Century country castle in the Scottish baronial style, which wouldn't look out of place in northern France.’
    • ‘Inside, the Scottish baronial architecture and Art Nouveau motifs silently boast of the man who created it: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a former student and architect of the school's main building.’
    • ‘It's a time capsule of baronial Scottish splendour circa 1880-minus the midges.’
    • ‘‘This dear paradise’, as she called it, is a white granite mansion in Scots baronial style, and embodies modifications suggested by Prince Albert.’
    • ‘Stainrigg, a baronial house in the heart of the Borders, has a facade of crow step gables, a pepper pot turret and an elaborate entrance porch.’
    • ‘The design is Scots baronial on the exterior with a very Italianate interior.’
    • ‘The great indoors: every turreted inch the 19th-century baronial pile, Eriska is that rare thing among castle hotels - a mansion that's as cosy on the inside as it is imposing on the out.’
    • ‘The Scottish baronial architectural style of the nineteenth century was an attempt to create myths and legends from nothing.’
    • ‘A substantial Scots baronial country house, built in 1921 and standing in nearly six acres.’
    • ‘Ramsay Gardens' facade is a random, unlikely mixture of bold baronial turrets and bland English cottage-styles.’
    • ‘The Scots baronial style is evident in other exterior detail, and more so in the splendid woodwork of the interior.’
    • ‘Ballygally Castle, on the east coast of County Antrim, is one of the finest examples of Scottish baronial architecture in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘The Ardanaiseig Hotel was built in baronial style, among beautiful woodland gardens, for Colonel Archibald Campbell in 1834.’