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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rob′ber bar`on(n.)

  1. a U.S. capitalist of the late 19th century who became wealthy by ruthless and unethical means.

    Category: Western History

  2. a feudal noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.

    Category: Western History

Origin of robber baron:

1875–80

Wiktionary

  1. robber baron(Noun)

    In Europe, an aristocrat who charged exorbitant fees or otherwise exacted money from people who journeyed across land or waterways which he controlled.

  2. robber baron(Noun)

    Especially in the 19th-century and early 20th-century, a business tycoon who had great wealth and influence but whose methods were morally questionable.

Freebase

  1. Robber baron

    A robber baron or robber knight was an unscrupulous and despotic noble of the medieval period in Europe. The term has slightly different meanings in different countries. In modern U.S. parlance, the term is also used to describe unscrupulous industrialists. Robber baron behavior among the Germanic warrior class in medieval Europe indirectly led to the Catholic innovations of the Peace and Truce of God.

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