- It all started with the first baronet, who was Lord President of the Council and a most distinguished judge.
- Theoretically the number of baronets and knights can be established at different periods, but this is not the case with the third and fourth categories of gentry, esquires and gentlemen.
- There are knights and baronets among them, men with prosperity and substantial income.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Latin baronettus, from Latin baro, baron- 'man, warrior'. The term originally denoted a gentleman, not a nobleman, summoned by the king to attend parliament; the current order was instituted in the early 17th century.
Definition of baronet in:
- The US English dictionary