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[bar-uh-nit, bar-uh-net] /ˈbær ə nɪt, ˌbær əˈnɛt/
a member of a British hereditary order of honor, ranking below the barons and made up of commoners, designated by Sir before the name and Baronet, usually abbreviated Bart., after:
Sir John Smith, Bart.
Origin of baronet
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at baron, -et
Related forms
baronetical, adjective
Can be confused
barren, baron, baronet. Unabridged
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  • But, my good madam, we must make the best of it—let the girl marry her baronet.

  • On the tide of applause which congratulated the boat's only baronet, I rose.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Lady Augusta intimated stiffly that she had not the honour of the baronet's acquaintance.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Not a baron or an earl, and only one baronet, hath taken up arms for me.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • You know I'm only the daughter of a country gentleman and the widow of a baronet.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • There for some moments the baronet lay half dazed by the shock of his fall.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • The baronet's jaw dropped; his face lost some of its high colour.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Richard paled under the baronet's baleful, half-sneering glance.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • The baronet sighed, and looked a picture of hopeless dullness.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for baronet


/ˈbærənɪt; -ˌnɛt/
(in Britain) a commoner who holds the lowest hereditary title of honour, ranking below a baron Abbreviation Bart., Bt
Word Origin
C15: order instituted 1611, from baron + -et
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baronet

c.1400, diminutive of baron; originally a younger or lesser baron; as a titled hereditary order, established 1611.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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