[bar-uh-nit, bar-uh-net]


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 formsbar·o·net·i·cal, adjective
Can be confusedbarren baron baronet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baronet

Contemporary Examples of baronet

  • It is the prerogative of a viscount or a baron to make a person feel small, and of a baronet to extinguish him.

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    Twain's Conversations with Satan

    Mark Twain

    April 26, 2009

Historical Examples of baronet

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for baronet



(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper