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1. (in Europe from the Middle Ages) originally any tenant-in-chief of a king or other overlord, who held land from his superior by honourable service; a land-holding nobleman
2. a powerful businessman or financier
3. English law (formerly) the title held by judges of the Court of Exchequer



in Western Europe, a direct vassal of the king; later a noble title (feminine form, baroness). In Britain, where it is retained to this day, the title of baron is below the title of viscount, occupying the last place in the hierarchy of titles of the higher nobility. (In a broader sense the whole British higher nobility and the hereditary members of the House of Lords are barons.) In France and Germany this title was below the title of count. In the Russian Empire the title of baron was introduced by Peter I for the higher German nobility of the Baltic area.

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Barone alleges she was fired in retaliation for her answering questions from the public about racial profiling.
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Barone dedicates Chapters 5 and 6 to John Fante and to the image of Italy reflected in his works and to his experience as screenwriter, respectively.
SHAPING OUR NATION IS THE LATEST installment in a long project of investigation and reflection that has taken Barone from the first edition of his landmark Almanac of American Politics (1972) through books like Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (1990), The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work (2001), Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs.
The paramedic and Barone discussed football to keep him calm, while other firemen worked to extract him.
FASHION IN THE STREETS: Models wear a collection by designer Carlotta Actis Barone near Somerset House in London
Barone Gibbs speculates that this may have been related to economic factors and not relevant to the study.
No, contends Michael Barone, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.