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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For his financial and other services, Joshua Van Neck was created a baronet 14 December 1751.
▪ They had four daughters and three sons, one of whom, Robert, was created a baronet in 1664-5.
▪ He was created baronet in 1895 and a privy councillor in 1906.
▪ A particular kind of augmentation concerns baronets.
▪ He succeeded as fourth baronet in 1731.
▪ Shaw was knighted in 1660 and created a baronet, with three of his partners, in 1665.
▪ That a baronet should make a lady's-maid pregnant was nothing new.
▪ They had one son, Sir David Gamble, first baronet, and three daughters who died young.
▪ What really marked the end of Webster fortunes was the policy pursued by the fourth and fifth baronets, both Godfreys.
▪ When he succeeded as fifth baronet in 1758 he was ready to rebuild the house.
▪ Wills were created two peers, four baronets, three knights and one dame.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Baronet \Bar"on*et\, n. [Baron + -et.] A dignity or degree of honor next below a baron and above a knight, having precedency of all orders of knights except those of the Garter. It is the lowest degree of honor that is hereditary. The baronets are commoners.

Note: The order was founded by James I. in 1611, and is given by patent. The word, however, in the sense of a lesser baron, was in use long before. ``Baronets have the title of 'Sir' prefixed to their Christian names; their surnames being followed by their dignity, usually abbreviated Bart. Their wives are addressed as 'Lady' or 'Madam'. Their sons are possessed of no title beyond 'Esquire.'''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, diminutive of baron; originally a younger or lesser baron; as a titled hereditary order, established 1611.


n. A hereditary title, below a peerage and senior to most knighthoods, entitling the bearer to the titular prefix "Sir" (for men) or "Dame" (for women) which is used in conjunction with the holder's Christian name. It is inheritable, usually by the eldest son although a few baronetcies can also pass through the female line.


A baronet ( or ; abbreviated Bart or Bt) or the rare female equivalent, a baronetess (, , or ; abbreviation "Btss"), is the holder of a baronetcy, a hereditary title awarded by the British Crown. The practice of awarding baronetcies was originally introduced in England in the 14th century and was used by James I of England in 1611 as a means of raising funds.

A baronetcy is the only British hereditary honour that is not a peerage, with the exception of the Anglo-Irish Black Knight, White Knight and Green Knight (of which only The Green Knight is extant). A baronet is addressed as "Sir", just as is a knight (or "Dame" in the case of a baronetess), but ranks above all knighthoods and damehoods in the Order of precedence, except for the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Thistle (and the dormant Order of St Patrick).

Baronets are not formally deemed noble, although they are widely regarded as being members of the aristocracy. In Europe their social rank is roughly equivalent to petite noblesse.

Usage examples of "baronet".

But its basis was expediency, and the baronet had a better aphorism of his own to confute him with.

College, and there ascertained that a Griffin between two Wheatsheaves, which stood on the title-page of the book, formed the crest of Sir Austin Absworthy Bearne Feverel, Baronet, of Raynham Abbey, in a certain Western county folding Thames: a man of wealth and honour, and a somewhat lamentable history.

If the baronet had given two or three blazing dinners in the great hall he would have deceived people generally, as he did his relatives and intimates.

The baronet stood beside the cot in his long black cloak and travelling cap.

He and the baronet had a conference together one day, and from that time Adrian became a fixture in the Abbey.

The baronet sat construing their account of the flight of the lads when they were hailed, and resolved it into an act of rebellion on the part of his son.

As the baronet advanced, the fact of a light burning was clear to him.

Richard allowed a long minute to pass, during which the baronet waited anxiously for his voice, hardly recognizing it when he heard its altered tones.

Then the baronet stated that he had himself been down to Belthorpe, his son likewise: and that he had found every disposition in Blaize to meet his wishes.

Even the baronet smiled at so cunning a distinction as that involved in swearing a thing, and not swearing it upon oath.

But, bright as it was, the baronet relaxed nothing of his vigilant supervision.

People at Raynham were put on their guard by the baronet, and his reputation for wisdom was severely criticized in consequence of the injunctions he thought fit to issue through butler and housekeeper down to the lower household, for the preservation of his son from any visible symptom of the passion.

Raynham would have grown depopulated of its womankind had not Adrian interfered, who pointed out to the baronet what a fearful arm his butler was wielding.

The baronet thought it a natural proposition that Clare should be a bride or a schoolgirl.

The baronet went on to say that he proposed to set forth immediately, and devote a couple of months, to the first essay in his Coelebite search.