baronetcy

noun

bar·​on·​et·​cy ˈber-ə-nət-sē How to pronounce baronetcy (audio)
ˈba-rə-;
ˌber-ə-ˈnet-sē,
ˌba-rə-
: the rank of a baronet

Examples of baronetcy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Osborne was the heir to a baronetcy; Cameron’s family descended from a mistress of William IV. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Queen Victoria knighted him, granting him the further honor of a baronetcy in 1886, finally creating him a peer as 1st Baron Leighton of Stretton, in 1896. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2023 In the nineteen-sixties, a legal battle took place, in secret, over the claim of a Scottish transgender man, Ewan Forbes, to a baronetcy title whose succession was determined by male primogeniture. The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 His fiancée might be a princess, but Jack actually has his own ties to the Brooksbank baronetcy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 12 June 2018 George will inherit the baronetcy when his father dies. Ed Caesar, Esquire, 15 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baronetcy was in 1795

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“Baronetcy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baronetcy. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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