American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man holding a British hereditary title of honor reserved for commoners, ranking immediately below the barons and above all orders of knighthood except the Garter.
- n. Used as the title for such a man.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- To raise to the rank of baronet: generally in the passive: as, he expects to be baroneted.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight
- Middle English, diminutive of baron, baron; see baron. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There are also reasons for connecting the portrait with one of a certain English baronet named Sheffield, who was likewise in”
“LYNMERE, at tea-time, returned from his ride, with a fixed plan of frightening or disgusting the baronet from the alliance; with Eugenia, herself, he imagined the attempt would be vain, for he did not conceive it possible any woman who had eyes could be induced to reject him.”
“They tell me that his father was made what they call a baronet because he set a broken arm for one of those twenty royal dukes that England has to pay for. ”
“Twenty minutes later I’d heard a detailed, if rushed, explanation of everything from the meaning of writs patent to the coup enacted by Margaret Thatcher when she managed to secure the title of baronet for her husband, thus ensuring a hereditary aristocratic status for her descendants prime ministers are traditionally granted life peerages, which are not hereditary.”
“We had arranged no plan of campaign, but the baronet is a man to whom the most direct way is always the most natural.”
“The evening came to an end at last, but Kate had yet to be handed downstairs by the detested Sir Mulberry; and so skilfully were the manoeuvres of Messrs Pyke and Pluck conducted, that she and the baronet were the last of the party, and were even — without an appearance of effort or design — left at some little distance behind.”
“The baronet was a good deal disconcerted by his intimation, saying, that he must be a Goth and”
““I have seen Sir Richard in a devil of a passion, but never with me — no, no! Trust Sir Richard for not riding the high horse with me — a baronet is a baronet, but a bard is a bard; and that Sir Richard knows.””
“He puts the rudest remarks Sir Percival can make on his effeminate tastes and amusements quietly away from him in that manner — always calling the baronet by his”
“My own experience with them showed that the baronet is a frugal traveler.”
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