Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A judge or officer of the court of exchequer; a husband; a vassal of the king.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A lord or nobleman; the most general title of nobllity in England. 1 BL Comm. 398, 399. A particular degree or title of nobility, next to a viscount. A judge of the court of exchequer. 3 BL Comm. 44; Cowell. A freeman. Co. Litt 58a. Also a vassal holding directly from the king. A husband; occurring in this sense in the phrase "baron et feme," husband and wlfe,
    —Baron and feme. Husband and wife. A wife being under the protection and influence of her baron, lord, or husband, is styled a "feme-covert," (fœmina viro cooperta,) and her state of marriage is called her "coverture." Cummings v. Everett, 82 Me. 260, 19 Atl. 456.
    —Barons of the cinque ports. Members of" parliament from these ports, viz.: Sandwich, Romney, Hastings, Hythe, and Dover. Win-chelsea and Rye have been added.
    —Barons of the exchequer. The six judges of the court of exchequer in England, of whom one is styled the "chief baron;" answering to the justices-and chief justice of other courts.