Definition of baronage in US English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural Barons or nobles collectively.

    ‘he owed his position to his popularity with the baronage’
    • ‘Nearly the entire baronage, as well as the local population, was hostile.’
    • ‘There is entity called the Convention of The Baronage of Scotland, but they do not represent the baronage.’
    • ‘This year Ajit Shetty, CEO of Janssen Pharmaceutica, was among those who were raised to the baronage.’
    • ‘In particular, cross-channel landholding patterns were breaking up, with ever more distinct baronages residing either side of the Channel.’
    • ‘But now when I am coming amongst the baronages and the lineages, what shall I do to hold up my head before the fools and the dastards of these high kindreds?’
    • ‘Because Richard was so successful in his wars, and because he was genuinely liked and admired by much of the baronage, his rule met with little opposition in England.’
    • ‘Two strands of discontent finally worked together at the end of April 1258, with a coup d'état by the English baronage, demanding both a political purge and administrative reform.’
    • ‘Hungary stood out by ennobling bankers, traders, and railway magnates in significant numbers, and in 1890 the first Jew was promoted, without conversion to Christianity, to the baronage.’
    • ‘Some of the local baronage had trickled in and Frederick made a show of ordering matters in the city.’
    • ‘Indeed, even later English kings found their authority fragmented and attenuated by divided loyalties among the baronage.’
    • ‘Conrad had the support of the local baronage still, but the newcomers saw him as inexplicably hostile.’
    • ‘The knights stayed with the citizens rather than joining the baronage, with whom they had much in common, adding great weight to the Commons house.’
    • ‘The ancient baronage of England, according to history, was never more powerful than after the battle of Towton.’
    • ‘The point is the baronage was not united against King John, and of the knightage only a small percentage was in revolt.’
    • ‘Taxation created tension between the Crown and the baronage, culminating in the first milestone of responsible government,’
  • 2An annotated list of barons or peers.

    • ‘Symon Loccard (who Douglas' Baronage lists as the 6th of Lockhart of Lee and Simon Macdonald Lockhart's "Seven Centuries" lists as the 2nd of Lee 1300) fought alongside King Bruce in the struggle to free Scotland from English domination.’
    • ‘Paget's Baronage gives no birthdate for either Thomas Basset or Gilbert Basset.’
    • ‘To the ' Official Baronage of England,' of which the first three volumes lie before me in their dignified splendour, it may be foreseen that writers on subjects of national English biography will soon accumulate a considerable debt.’