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Definitions for banneret
ˌbæn əˈrɛtban·neret

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knight banneret, knight of the square flag, banneretnoun

    a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command


  1. banneretnoun

    A noble, knighted feudal lord who has the right to lead his vassals to battle under his own banner

  2. banneretnoun

    A small banner

  3. banneretnoun

    A proposed but unadopted senior commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to group captain.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Banneretnoun

    A knight made in the field, with the ceremony of cutting off the point of his standard, and making it a banner. They are next to barons in dignity; and were anciently called by summons to parliament. Blount.

    Etymology: from banner.

    A gentleman told king Henry, that Sir Richard Croftes, made banneret at Stoke, was a wise man; the king answered, he doubted not that, but marvelled how a fool could know. William Camden, Remains.


  1. banneret

    A knight banneret, sometimes known simply as banneret, was a medieval knight ("a commoner of rank") who led a company of troops during time of war under his own banner (which was square-shaped, in contrast to the tapering standard or the pennon flown by the lower-ranking knights) and was eligible to bear supporters in English heraldry. The military rank of a knight banneret was higher than a knight bachelor (who fought under another's banner), but lower than an earl or duke. For the derivation of the word see below under Origins. Under English custom the rank of knight banneret could only be conferred by the sovereign on the field of battle. There were some technical exceptions to this; when his standard was on the field of battle he could be regarded as physically present though he was not. His proxy could be regarded as a sufficient substitution for his presence. The wife of a banneret was styled as banneress.


  1. banneret

    A banneret is a title of honor, originating from medieval Europe, given to a knight for distinguished military service, superior valour, or extraordinary achievement on the battlefield. This knight was then privileged to lead his men into battle under his own square banner, instead of fighting under his lord's banner. The term can also refer to the actual banner under which such a knight led his men.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banneretnoun

    originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; -- commonly used as a title of rank

  2. Banneretnoun

    a title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank

  3. Banneretnoun

    a civil officer in some Swiss cantons

  4. Banneretnoun

    a small banner

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banneret

    ban′ėr-et, n. a higher class of knight, inferior to a baron. [Fr. dim. of Banner.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. banneret

    A knight made on the field of battle.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. banneret

    Was originally a military rank conferred only on such as were able to bring a certain number of vassals into the field; hence, a rank corresponding to this; also, a small banner.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banneret in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banneret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. eloquent
    • C. adscripted
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