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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.

  • Lady Augusta intimated stiffly that she had not the honour of the baronet's acquaintance.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Your husband is the baronet and he can if he likes assume the "Sir" at once.

  • Not a baron or an earl, and only one baronet, hath taken up arms for me.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Was he not a baronet with ten thousand a year coming to him?

    Doctor Thorne Anthony Trollope
  • You know I'm only the daughter of a country gentleman and the widow of a baronet.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • 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
  • The baronet's jaw dropped; his face lost some of its high colour.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • 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
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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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