Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little banner; a banderole.
  • noun One who is bannered or entitled to a banner; specifically, a knight of a certain grade in the military hierarchy of the middle ages.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from French banneret.

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