noun \ˈber-ə-nət, ˈba-rə-, US also ˌber-ə-ˈnet, ˌba-rə-\

: a man who is a member of the British nobility with a rank below a baron

Full Definition of BARONET

:  the holder of a rank of honor below a baron and above a knight

First Known Use of BARONET



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

British hereditary rank of honor, first created by James I in 1611 to raise money, ostensibly for support of troops in Ulster. The baronetage is not part of the peerage, nor is it an order of knighthood. A baronet ranks below a baron but above all knights except a Knight of the Garter (see Order of the Garter). The baronetcy is inherited by the male heirs of a baronet.


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