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[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
1350-1400; Middle English; see baron, -et
Related forms
baronetical, adjective
Can be confused
barren, baron, baronet. Unabridged
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  • Hole memory wan better than that of the worthy baronet.
British Dictionary definitions for baronet


/ˈbærənɪt; -ˌnɛt/
(in Britain) a commoner who holds the lowest hereditary title of honour, ranking below a baron Abbreviation Bart., Bt
Word Origin
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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