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[ban-uh-ret] /ˌbæn əˈrɛt/
a small banner.
Also, bannerette.
1250-1300; Middle English banerett < Middle French banerete little banner. See banner, -ette Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bannerette


a small banner
Word Origin
C13: from Old French baneret, from banerebanner


/ˈbænərɪt; -əˌrɛt/
noun (in the Middle Ages)
Also called knight banneret. a knight who was entitled to command other knights and men-at-arms under his own banner
a title of knighthood conferred by the king for valour on the battlefield
Word Origin
C14: from Old French banerete a small banner
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Word Origin and History for bannerette



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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Encyclopedia Article for bannerette


a European medieval knight privileged to display in the field a square banner (as distinct from the tapering pennon of a simple knight). The term was used in countries of French and English speech from the 13th to the 16th century. In 13th-century England any commander of a troop of 10 or more lances who was not a count or an earl was usually a banneret. Later, in both England and France, the style became a title of honour, conferred for distinguished military service. There is no connection between the style of banneret and the baronetage (hereditary dignity) established in England by King James I in 1611.

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