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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bar·on·et /ˈbærənət, ||ˌbærəˈnɛt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bar·on·et n.  A dignity or degree of honor next below a baron and above a knight, having precedency of all orders of knights except those of the Garter.  It is the lowest degree of honor that is hereditary. The baronets are commoners.
 Note:The order was founded by James I. in 1611, and is given by patent. The word, however, in the sense of a lesser baron, was in use long before. “Baronets have the title of 'Sir' prefixed to their Christian names; their surnames being followed by their dignity, usually abbreviated Bart.  Their wives are addressed as 'Lady' or 'Madam'. Their sons are possessed of no title beyond 'Esquire.'”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron
          but above a knight; "since he was a baronet he had to be
          addressed as Sir Henry Jones, Bart." [syn: Bart]