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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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  • "I have a good mind to go to London with you," said the baronet.

  • Tim might scoop up an immense fortune and be made a baronet.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • Your husband is the baronet and he can if he likes assume the "Sir" at once.

  • Sir William's father was dead, and though only eighteen, he was a baronet.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Was he not a baronet with ten thousand a year coming to him?

    Doctor Thorne Anthony Trollope
  • She did not like the baronet, and she did like the young commander.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • I could neither fawn nor cringe, and the baronet, who was a high-spirited man himself, loved me for my independence.

    The Monctons Susanna Moodie
  • For his success he received the thanks of parliament and was created a baronet.

  • Of course nothing was said about Marie and no further allusion was made to the painful subject of the baronet's "property."

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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