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Meaning of BARONET

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight; "since he was a baronet he had to be addressed as Sir Henry Jones, Bart."

BARONET is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: Bart
 See Also: aristocrat, blue blood, patrician



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"on*et\, n. [Baron + -et.]
A dignity or degree of honor next below a baron and above a
knight, having precedency of all orders of knights except
those of the Garter. It is the lowest degree of honor that is
hereditary. The baronets are commoners.

Note: The order was founded by James I. in 1611, and is given
      by patent. The word, however, in the sense of a lesser
      baron, was in use long before. ``Baronets have the
      title of 'Sir' prefixed to their Christian names; their
      surnames being followed by their dignity, usually
      abbreviated Bart. Their wives are addressed as 'Lady'
      or 'Madam'. Their sons are possessed of no title beyond
      'Esquire.''' --Cussans.

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