Definition of banneret in English:

banneret

noun

historical
  • 1A knight who commanded his own troops in battle under his own banner.

    • ‘Because of this we ask that for the profit of the kingdom you should grant and associate with us four bishops, four earls, four barons and bannerets, to hear and to witness what we say.’
    • ‘My lord Leinhart Richartinger, Werner Pentznawer, Ulrich Kuchler, and little Stainer, all bannerets, were killed in the fight, also many other brave knights and soldiers.’
    • ‘The knight banneret emerged in the early 13th cent. as a senior rank, probably relating, in its initial stages, to special military significance.’
    • ‘King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) wanted to revive the rank of banneret, but got it confused with ‘baron’ and so came up with a new rank, that of baronet.’
    • ‘The principal magistrates are, the two avoyers, who hold their offices for life; the two treasurers, who continue for six years; and the four bannerets, who remain only four.’
    chevalier, cavalier, cavalryman, horseman, equestrian
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  • 2A knighthood given on the battlefield for courage.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French baneret, literally ‘bannered’, from baniere ‘banner’.

Pronunciation

banneret

/ˈbanərɪt/