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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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References in classic literature ?
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.
"Happy painter, Jehan Fourbault!" 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.
A final enigma remains with this odd poem: the banneret in the final stanza, or rather what is imprinted on the banneret's banner.
Thrupp sees the knights, esquires, and "gentils" as "an extension of the baronage, which was directly rooted in the land system of the age [and g]entility was associated with the four military ranks of knight, banneret, esquire, and man-at-armes,..." (237, 239).
* Fountains: The city boasts of several fountains--among them are the Justice Fountain, Banneret Fountain, Griffon Fountain
But Fortune did get off the mark when producing 106-1 shot Magic Dream to beat Holland on Banneret by half a length in a seven-furlong handicap.
The illuminated initial shows Gautier de Dargies, a knight banneret whose family domain lay near Beauvais, and like all the portraits of trouvere knights in the chansonniers this one is a vivid emblem of French expansionism in the 13th century.(5) Gautier rides a war-horse, a destrier, that has broken into a gallop; fully armed, he raises his sword to strike.
The lines beginning the second part of the first movement recreate the mindless antics of privileged Viennese, the mechanical harmony of marching men, the fluttering of banneret and the racing pulses, heads filled with notions of 'glory'.
Justice Fountain, Banneret Fountain, Griffon Fountain stand in different places of the old town.
Tom McLaughlin earned his fee as he drove the lazy Banneret to victory over Appyabo in the claimer.
Gay Kelleway's Mawkab took the second division of the claimer, Tim Etherington's Branston Pickle the seller, and Sue Wilton's Banneret the concluding 12- furlong handicap.