from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lesser or inferior baron.
- 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.
- To raise to the rank of baronet: generally in the passive: as, he expects to be baroneted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)