[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. baron of beef,
  2. baron, michel,
  3. baron-cohen,
  4. baronage,
  5. baroness,
  6. baronetage,
  7. baronetcy,
  8. baronetess,
  9. baronetize,
  10. barong

Origin of baronet

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at baron, -et

Related formsbar·o·net·i·cal, adjective

Can be confusedbarren 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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Word Origin and History for baronet



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

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