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banneret


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banneret  \Ban"ner*et\,  n.[OE.  baneret,  OF  baneret,  F.  banneret; 
  properly  a  dim.  of  OF  baniere  See  {Banner}.] 
  1.  Originally,  a  knight  who  led  his  vassals  into  the  field 
  under  his  own  banner;  --  commonly  used  as  a  title  of  rank. 
 
  2.  A  title  of  rank,  conferred  for  heroic  deeds,  and  hence  an 
  order  of  knighthood;  also  the  person  bearing  such  title 
  or  rank. 
 
  Note:  The  usual  mode  of  conferring  the  rank  on  the  field  of 
  battle  was  by  cutting  or  tearing  off  the  point  of  the 
  pennon  or  pointed  flag  on  the  spear  of  the  candidate, 
  thereby  making  it  a  banner. 
 
  3.  A  civil  officer  in  some  Swiss  cantons. 
 
  4.  A  small  banner.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banneret 
  n  :  a  knight  honored  for  valor;  entitled  to  display  a  square 
  banner  and  to  hold  higher  command  [syn:  {knight  banneret}, 
  {knight  of  the  square  flag}] 




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