• WordNet 3.6
    • n banneret a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Banneret A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.
    • Banneret A small banner.
    • Banneret A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank.
    • Banneret Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; -- commonly used as a title of rank.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n banneret A little banner; a banderole.
    • n banneret One who is bannered or entitled to a banner; specifically, a knight of a certain grade in the military hierarchy of the middle ages. Originally the right to display a banner (as distinguished from a pennon) was limited to those who could bring a certain array of followers into the field, and who had also been dubbed or accoutred knight. As the military distinctions of earlier feudalism became confused by the employment of paid soldiers, the right of displaying a banner became more and more a reward for distinguished prowess in battle. After a victory or a notable achievement a banneret elect, carrying his pennon in his hand, was, it is said, conducted between two knights of note, and presented to the king or general, who cut off the point or ends of his pennon, making it square. He was then called a knight of the square flag. Also called knight banneret.
    • n banneret Formerly, the title of magistrates of the second rank in some Swiss cantons, and also of certain officers of some of the Italian republics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Banneret ban′ėr-et a higher class of knight, inferior to a baron.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. baneret, OF. baneret, F. banneret,; properly a dim. of OF. baniere,. See Banner
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dim. of Banner.


In literature:

If you neglect it, you might as well go out as an unarmed knight-banneret to fight against men in armor.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
It consisted of twenty-seven knights bannerets and 2000 men-at-arms.
"Saint George for England" by G. A. Henty
On this same banneret, in the midst of his pride and prosperity, there fell a great sorrow.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Yonder sailor, perhaps, descends from the Knights Bannerets, but is nothing but a sailor.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The Duke of Clarence brought in his retinue 1 earl, 2 bannerets, 14 knights, 222 esquires, and 720 horse archers.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Other hooded brothers carried long trumpets adorned with green bannerets with fringes of gold.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It consisted of twenty-seven knights bannerets and 2,000 men-at-arms.
"St. George for England" by G. A. Henty
Behind that line of earthworks, the tops of the officers' tents, surmounted with bannerets and floating pennants, could be seen.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
The rank of knights bannerets was higher than that of ordinary knights, and they could be created on the field of battle only.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
SIR RICHARD HUDLESTON, KNIGHT, served as a banneret at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415.
"All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I understand thee, my Banneret.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
Nothing in it had been modified; the portraits of Selim's ancestors, captains, bannerets, hung on the walls.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
From their lances without bannerets, it was evident that they were Cossacks.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I am Andrei Kmita, the banneret of Orsha.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
They were Grushetski, judge of Podolia, the chamberlain Revuski, and Pan Myslishevski, banneret of Chernigoff.
"Pan Michael" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
So stout a knight was he, that by his prowess he was made a double banneret, and was worth four thousand pounds in land.
"Aucassin & Nicolette"
The snow-white bannerets are dyed with blood of Moorish slain, And chargers rush all masterless across the littered plain.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
It was only on the field of battle, and in presence of the royal standard, that a knight-banneret could be created.
"Flags:" by Andrew Macgeorge
The banneret and the baron were therefore soldiers of equal authority.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)" by Charles Mills
Ceremonies on his becoming a knight-banneret, ib.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Mills

In poetry:

O hearts, O sighing grasses,
Vainly your loveblown bannerets mourn!
No more will the wild wind that passes
Return, no more return.
"Watching the Needleboats at San Sabba" by James Joyce