1A knight who commanded his own troops in battle under his own banner.
- The knight banneret emerged in the early 13th cent. as a senior rank, probably relating, in its initial stages, to special military significance.
- Because of this we ask that for the profit of the kingdom you should grant and associate with us four bishops, four earls, four barons and bannerets, to hear and to witness what we say.
- The principal magistrates are, the two avoyers, who hold their offices for life; the two treasurers, who continue for six years; and the four bannerets, who remain only four.
Middle English: from Old French baneret, literally 'bannered', from baniere 'banner'.
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