Definition of baronet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbar(ə)nɪt/


A member of the lowest hereditary titled British order, with the status of a commoner but able to use the prefixSir.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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