[ 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

bar·o·net·i·cal, adjective

Can be confused

barren baron baronet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baronet


/ (ˈbærənɪt, -ˌnɛt) /


(in Britain) a commoner who holds the lowest hereditary title of honour, ranking below a baronAbbreviation: Bart., Bt

Word Origin for baronet

C15: order instituted 1611, from baron + -et
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