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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baronet  \Bar"on*et\,  n.  [Baron  +  -et.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  The  order  was  founded  by  James  I.  in  1611,  and  is  given 
  by  patent.  The  word  however,  in  the  sense  of  a  lesser 
  baron,  was  in  use  long  before  ``Baronets  have  the 
  title  of  'Sir'  prefixed  to  their  Christian  names  their 
  surnames  being  followed  by  their  dignity,  usually 
  abbreviated  Bart.  Their  wives  are  addressed  as  'Lady' 
  or  'Madam'.  Their  sons  are  possessed  of  no  title  beyond 
  'Esquire.'''  --Cussans. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baronet 
  n  :  a  member  of  the  British  order  of  honor;  ranks  below  a  baron 
  but  above  a  knight;  "since  he  was  a  baronet  he  had  to  be 
  addressed  as  Sir  Henry  Jones,  Bart."  [syn:  {bart}] 




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