Definition of baronet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbærənət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbærənət//
(abbreviation Bart, Bt)
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(in Britain) a man who has the lowest rank of honour that can be passed from a father to his son when he dies. Baronets use the title Sir. compare knight (2) Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Latin baronettus, from Latin baro, baron- ‘man, warrior’. The term originally denoted a gentleman, not a nobleman, summoned by the king to attend parliament; the current order was instituted in the early 17th cent.
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