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[ban-er-it, -uh-ret]
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  1. History/Historical. a knight who could bring a company of followers into the field under his own banner.
  2. a rank of knighthood; knight banneret.
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Origin of banneret1

1250–1300; Middle English baneret < Old French, equivalent to baner(e) banner + -et < Latin -ātus -ate1


or ban·ner·ette

  1. a small banner.
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Origin of banneret2

1250–1300; Middle English banerett < Middle French banerete little banner. See banner, -ette
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noun (in the Middle Ages)
  1. Also called: knight banneret a knight who was entitled to command other knights and men-at-arms under his own banner
  2. a title of knighthood conferred by the king for valour on the battlefield
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French banerete a small banner
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Word Origin and History for banneret


c.1300, an order of knighthood, originally in reference to one who could lead his men into battle under his own banner. Later it meant one who received rank for valiant deeds done in the king's presence in battle. Also "a small banner" (c.1300).

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