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ban·ner·et 1

 (băn′ər-ĭt, -ə-rĕt′) also ban·ner·ette (băn′ə-rĕt′)
A small banner.

[Middle English baneret, from Old French banerete, diminutive of baniere, banner; see banner.]

ban·ner·et 2

 (băn′ər-ĭt, -ə-rĕt′)
A feudal knight ranking between a knight bachelor and a baron, who was entitled to lead men into battle under his own standard.

[Middle English baneret, from Old French, from baniere, banner; see banner.]


(ˈbænərɪt; -əˌrɛt)
(in the Middle Ages) n
1. (Historical Terms) Also called: knight banneret a knight who was entitled to command other knights and men-at-arms under his own banner
2. (Historical Terms) a title of knighthood conferred by the king for valour on the battlefield
[C14: from Old French banerete a small banner]


(ˈbæn ər ɪt, -əˌrɛt)

also ban`ner•ette′,

1. a knight who could bring followers into the field under his own banner.
2. the rank of such a knight.
[1250–1300; Middle English baneret < Old French]


(ˌbæn əˈrɛt)

a small banner.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banneret - a knight honored for valorbanneret - a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command
knight - originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit


Fabric used especially as a symbol:
References in classic literature ?
said Gringoire with a deep sigh; and he turned his back upon the bannerets and pennons.
It was, since he could not escape from the Pope of the Fools, from Jehan Fourbault's bannerets, from May trusses, from squibs and crackers, to go to the Place de Grève.
Banneret or bachelor, square pennon or forked, I would not give a denier for the difference, and the less since Sir John Chandos, chosen flower of English chivalry, is himself but a humble knight.