Definition of baronetcy in English:



  • The rank of a baronet.

    ‘he received a baronetcy for loyalty to the Crown’
    • ‘As a result, Simpson was awarded a baronetcy in 1866.’
    • ‘Some wreckage from the ship was recovered, it was properly decided that the presumptive heir to the baronetcy was lost at sea, and would not be returning.’
    • ‘His eldest son was given a baronetcy in his honour.’
    • ‘He was educated, he tells us, at expensive private schools, speaks with a languid upper-class voice, lives in a very nice house and has a semi-dormant baronetcy.’
    • ‘Then again, this Oxford-educated public schoolboy is the heir to a baronetcy, which could explain his fondness for formal attire.’
    • ‘The 51-year-old inherited the baronetcy from his late father, Sir Denis, who had the hereditary title bestowed upon him after his wife ceased to be prime minister.’
    • ‘His horse got to be prime minister, and he apparently sold a chart-topping number of dukedoms, earldoms and baronetcies.’
    • ‘He went to the House of Lords in 1974 as Labour's frontbench spokesman on social security, choosing Coslany, in Norwich, for his baronetcy.’
    • ‘If you are the twenty-third baronet of Mortshire, you cannot pass your baronetcy to the street urchin you took in thirty years ago and raised as if he were your son.’
    • ‘This postwar English Home Counties childhood was a mixture of rather grand family, with a baronetcy somewhere vaguely in the background, of big houses with large gardens, and absolutely no money.’
    • ‘He was rewarded for his faithful service by a baronetcy in 1660.’
    • ‘None of the bad publicity prevented him from inheriting a baronetcy - and the title Sir - when his father died last year.’
    • ‘Family documents and pictures show that the de Bertouch family can trace its baronetcy back at least to 1387.’
    • ‘Offered a knighthood, Barrie mysteriously turned it down, only to accept a baronetcy later.’
    • ‘In 1911 Osler received a baronetcy and became Sir William.’
    • ‘He succeeded to the baronetcy of the Binns in 1973, but does not use his title.’
    • ‘Louis XVIII created a baronetcy for him in 1816.’
    • ‘He became physician general to the Army in the Austrian war of succession, was appointed physician to King George III, was knighted in 1762 and later received a baronetcy.’
    • ‘On his father's death in 1869 he inherited the baronetcy and the proprietorship of the Athenaeum and Notes and Queries.’
    • ‘Elgar received many honours, including a knighthood in 1904, the Order of Merit in 1911, and a baronetcy in 1931.’