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  • 1The wife or widow of a baron. The term “Baroness” is not used as a form of address in Britain, baronesses usually being referred to as “Lady.”.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The previous baron and baroness retired, and so a new baron and baroness were created by the king.’
    • ‘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 encouraged her daughter's friendship with the princess, hoping to improve her status, but to no avail.’
    • ‘Caroline became a baroness when she married a German aristocrat and military officer named Baron Von Roques.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember her to be a baroness or the like of it.’
    • ‘They spoke to a full hall - with 40 people,’ the baroness explained to us.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘South Australia's office of Thinker in Residence is occupied by neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, an English baroness and professor.’
    • ‘I loved the advantages of being a baroness, what with the wealth that I had to spend; but sometimes I felt restrained.’
    • ‘I am still waiting for that someone to be my baroness.’
    • ‘She was to become a lady-in-waiting for a baroness in Norfolk, the end of the English world for Sibyl.’
    • ‘The baroness has transformed the wine of Chateau Clarke with the help of leading wine consultant Michel Rolland.’
    • ‘Pity the baroness but not the minister who died on his feet’
    • ‘Jennie Lee, after all, ended up as a baroness - a sinister parallel with Margaret Thatcher.’
    1. 1.1A woman holding the rank of baron either as a life peerage or as a hereditary rank.
      ‘‘Good luck tonight, baroness, I pray you find a worthy man tonight,’ cheered Genevieve as she looked over her masterpiece.’
      • ‘He had four major relationships, a German baroness, a Spanish aristocrat, an American heiress and, of course, the gorgeous Norwegian model Eva Sannum.’
      • ‘Her mother was a Viennese baroness, a descendant of Leopold Baron von Sacher-Masoch, author of the masochistic classic Venus in Furs.’
      • ‘But what possessed Kinnock, Hattersley, and our more enlightened baronesses?’
      • ‘That is Bryn Ulrick; his mother is a wealthy baroness, his father a hunter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps I will see you tomorrow night at the baroness's betrothal festivities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the name Hepburn is common in Scotland, she was actually born in Belgium and her mother was a Dutch baroness.’
      • ‘The foundation of his career was his marriage to the granddaughter of the master of Loudoun, a baroness in her own right.’
      • ‘My mother came from a blue blooded Catholic family, she was actually a baroness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He married a baroness and went on to write a doctoral dissertation on an unusual topic, ‘Epicureanism’.’
      noblewoman, gentlewoman, duchess, countess, peeress, viscountess, baroness, dame, grand dame



/ˈberənəs/ /ˈbɛrənəs/