• WordNet 3.6
    • n baronet a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight "since he was a baronet he had to be addressed as Sir Henry Jones, Bart."
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Baronet 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.☞ 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.'”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baronet A lesser or inferior baron. In this use the word had not the specific sense that it received in the time of James I. “According to Spenser (‘State of Ireland’), originally applied to gentlemen, not barons by tenure, summoned to the House of Lords by Edward III.; perhaps to the heirs of barons summoned by writ in their fathers' lifetime. Applied in Ireland to the holder of a small barony. Often synonymous with banneret.” N. E. D.
    • n baronet A British title of hereditary rank or degree of honor next below that of a baron, and thus not conferring a peerage; the only title of hereditary knighthood. A baronet is designated Sir So-and-so, Bart. (Christian name and surname being given), and ranks above all knights except those of the Garter. There is no ceremony of investiture, the title being given by patent. The order was founded by James I. in 1611, professedly to promote the English and Scotch colonization of Ulster, for which each baronet paid £1,080. The original limitation of the order to 200 members was set aside and the payment remitted at an early date. (For the badge of the order, see badge of Ulster, under badge.) The title is abbreviated Bart. after a name.
    • baronet To raise to the rank of baronet: generally in the passive: as, he expects to be baroneted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baronet bar′on-et the lowest hereditary title in the United Kingdom (of England—now of Great Britain—since 1611; of Scotland—or of Nova Scotia—since 1625; of Ireland, since 1619)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Baron, + -et,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dim. of Baron.


In literature:

The Baronet came, so he said, to ask his old friend's advice about the disposal of a sum of money.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
After all, their former prejudice in favour of the young baronet was based on very shallow foundations.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
When Headland at last entered the drawing-room, the baronet received him with marked coldness, and made no allusion to his having been absent.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
It did not occur to him that the baronet or the baronet's son would actually want Miss Mackenzie's money.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Sir William's father was dead, and though only eighteen, he was a baronet.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
The Hopes were far less moved by seeing the baronet and his lady driving by, than the baronet and his lady were by seeing the Hopes dining.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Wouldn't the baronet laugh in the morning?
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 461" by Various
D'Ewes was made a knight in 1626, and created a baronet in 1641.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
I did not like the one I read about the Baronet.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
He was going to dine with Lady Eardham, the wife of a Berkshire baronet, who had three fair daughters.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Little Birds are choking
Baronets with bun,
Taught to fire a gun:
Taught, I say, to splinter
Salmon in the winter -
Merely for the fun.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Literary Upper Crust A biography of Sir Osbert Sitwell, a baronet and author who was once celebrated on two continents.
Paramount Distillers Inc carries a complete selection of brandies, including Baronet Imported VSOP French Brandy, Paramount Grape Brandy and five popular flavored brandies: Apricot, Blackberry, Cherry, Ginger and Peach.
Sir Hickman, descended from Nicholas Bacon, the first Englishman named a baronet (by James I in 1611), was savvy enough not to go for the tight, highly finished Turner watercolors that his fellow Edwardians sought.

In science:

For example, if Current stores the sequence of elements b·a·r·t with cursor positioned on the “r” (index = 3) and other stores o·n·e, merge right changes Current to b·a·r·o·n·e·t.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
In 1615 he became MP for Ballyshannon also in County Donegal (10) and in 1622 he was created Baronet of Magherabegg, in the County of Donegal (11).
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness