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A baron is a title of the English nobility, it is the lowest rank of the peerage. It is also used in Germany and Austria. Originally it was the title of the King's companions in Anglo-Saxon times. It then became the title of the holders of large estates 'baronies', who advised the King. Since the 16th century it has been one of the several ranks of English nobleman, above a baronet and below a viscount. A baron is entitled to be called 'Lord'.

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