- a man holding the lowest hereditary British title, below a baron but above a knight: a baronet is addressed as “Sir,” and may add “Bart.” to his name, as Sir John Doe, Bart.
- this title
Origin of baronetME, diminutive of baron
- A man holding a British hereditary title of honor reserved for commoners, ranking immediately below the barons and above all orders of knighthood except the Garter.
- Used as the title for such a man.
Origin of baronetMiddle English, diminutive of baron, baron; see baron.
- A hereditary title, below a peerage and senior to most knighthoods, entitling the bearer to the titular prefix "Sir" (for men) or "Dame" (for women) which is used in conjunction with the holder's Christian name. It is inheritable, usually by the eldest son although a few baronetcies can also pass through the female line.