bar·​on·​et ˈber-ə-nət How to pronounce baronet (audio)
 US also  ˌber-ə-ˈnet,
: the holder of a rank of honor below a baron and above a knight

Examples of baronet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one, Lady Valerie Meux, a banjo-playing music hall singer who married a British baronet, became a social sensation and quirky philanthropist, and was known to drive around London in a carriage pulled by a pair of zebras. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 After the coronation, the king made Treves a baronet. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 As a baronet descended, Brooksbank comes from the only class of British nobility not part of the peerage, the ranks of which consist (in descending order of precedence) of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Apr. 2023 Fanny Price, an outsider at Mansfield, undergoes a series of harrowing social trials, and marries the baronet’s son. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 First laid out for the sixth baronet in 1848, the Parterre was traditionally planted three times a year to match the Bedingfelds’ heraldry: a red medallion amid a field of blue and yellow. Jordan Kushins David Fernández, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 The interiors, though, would be more likely to confuse its 19th-century baronet owners. Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 4 Nov. 2022 An old friend from her days as a blushing London socialite, Colthurst shared her stately pedigree; as the second son of an Irish baronet, his family home was a literal castle. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022 Margaret Ann [Margaret Ann Bjornson Elton, a Canadian friend of Gallant’s, who had married Sir Arthur Elton, a baronet]. Mavis Gallant, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baronet was in 1614

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“Baronet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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bar·​on·​et ˈbar-ə-nət How to pronounce baronet (audio)
 also  ˌbar-ə-ˈnet
: a man holding a rank of honor below a baron but above a knight

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