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[bar-uh-nit-see, -net] /ˈbær ə nɪt si, -ˌnɛt/
noun, plural baronetcies.
the rank or dignity of a baronet.
Origin of baronetcy
First recorded in 1805-15; baronet + -cy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The baronetcy was inherited by no other member of the family, and became extinct.

  • He has 300 a year of his own, and plenty of resources,—besides, the baronetcy must come to him.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He will probably succeed to a baronetcy—though this is not certain, as his uncle is, comparatively speaking, young still.

    A Little Rebel Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • Being the fountain of honour, he will be rather indifferent about the baronetcy.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The attainment of the baronetcy appears to have stimulated him to still greater exertion.

  • Of course you will succeed to the baronetcy, as well as to the estate?

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • His baronetcy had been conferred upon him by the Crown, as his peerage lately was.

  • He was the heir to the baronetcy,—and to the double fortunes of the two old men.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • This prompt action on his part gained for him his first title—his baronetcy.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • He is now the heir to the baronetcy and estates, but we have lost all clue to him.

    The Privateersman Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for baronetcy


/ˈbærənɪtsɪ; -ˌnɛt-/
noun (pl) -cies
the rank, position, or patent of a baronet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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