[bar-uh-nit, bar-uh-net]
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.

1350–1400; Middle English; see baron, -et

baronetical, adjective

barren, baron, baronet. Unabridged
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baronet (ˈbærənɪt, -ˌnɛt)
Bart., Abbreviation: Bt (in Britain) a commoner who holds the lowest hereditary title of honour, ranking below a baron
[C15: order instituted 1611, from baron + -et]

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c.1400, dim. of baron (q.v.); originally a younger or lesser baron; as a titled hereditary order, established 1611.
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