Baronet Definition

bărə-nĭt, bărə-nĕt
noun
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
Used as the title for such a man.
American Heritage
This title.
Webster's New World

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.

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Other Word Forms of Baronet

Noun

Singular:
baronet
Plural:
baronets

Origin of Baronet

  • Middle English diminutive of baron baron baron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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