the wife of a baron.
a woman holding a baronial title in her own right.
Contemporary Examples

baroness Thatcher, who rarely goes out in public anymore, is not attending.
Cherie Blair Avoids Her Old Enemy The Queen Tom Sykes July 23, 2012

“We need to change the language,” asserted baroness Mary Goudie, a Labour member of Britain’s House of Lords.
The New Activism Tom Watson November 4, 2009

It was exactly a week ago when reports first leaked that the baroness of Butter had used the N word in the past.
Paula Deen Apologizes (Again) on ‘Today.’ Do You Forgive Her Yet? Kevin Fallon June 25, 2013

Being politically astute, even in her dotage, baroness Thatcher was aware what contention that could create.
Margaret Thatcher, Divisive Even in Death Peter Jukes April 11, 2013

A smart new documentary from HBO, The Jazz baroness, captures the many sides of the jazz pianist.
Thelonious Monk Is Back Stanley Crouch November 23, 2009

Historical Examples

The margravine, after conversing with the baroness, received me stiffly.
The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete George Meredith

“Well, but I don’t refuse to drive you there,” resumed the baroness.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

The important question was, to keep the baroness in ignorance.
The Prussian Terror Alexandre Dumas

She referred to her son’s culpable connection with baroness Duvillard.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

She is a baroness by birth, and has never consented to this union.
Timar’s Two Worlds Mr Jkai

the wife or widow of a baron
a woman holding the rank of baron in her own right

early 15c., from Old French barnesse “lady of quality, noblewoman” (also, ironically, “woman of low morals, slut”) or Medieval Latin baronissa (see baron).


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