noun (1), often capitalized
ban·​ner·​et | \ ˈba-nə-rət How to pronounce banneret (audio) , ˌba-nə-ˈret \

Definition of banneret

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a knight leading his vassals into the field under his own banner


noun (2)
variants: or less commonly bannerette

Definition of banneret (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small banner

First Known Use of banneret

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banneret

Noun (1)

Middle English baneret, banerette "knight belonging to the higher of the two grades of knighthood (opposed to a knight-bachelor), able to bring vassals into the field under his own banner" borrowed from Anglo-French baneret, banneret (continental Old French banerès [subject], banerec [object]), from baner banner entry 1 + -et -et entry 1 (or alternatively from ban "summon to arms by a king or lord" + -eret, extension of -et)

Noun (2)

Middle English banerett, from baner banner entry 1 + -et -et entry 1

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“Banneret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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