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.
Other Word Forms of Baronet
Origin of Baronet
Middle English diminutive of baron baron baron
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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