Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small banner.
  • n. A feudal knight ranking between a knight bachelor and a baron, who was entitled to lead men into battle under his own standard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A noble, knighted feudal lord who has the right to lead his vassals to battle under his own banner
  • n. A small banner.
  • n. A proposed but unadopted senior commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to group captain.
  • n. A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; -- commonly used as a title of rank.
  • n. A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank.
  • n. A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.
  • n. A small banner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little banner; a banderole.
  • n. One who is bannered or entitled to a banner; specifically, a knight of a certain grade in the military hierarchy of the middle ages.
  • n. Formerly, the title of magistrates of the second rank in some Swiss cantons, and also of certain officers of some of the Italian republics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command

Etymologies

Middle English baneret, from Old French banerete, diminutive of baniere, banner; see banner.
Middle English baneret, from Old French, from baniere, banner; see banner.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French banneret. (Wiktionary)

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