A dignity or degree of honor next below a baron and above a knight and is the only knighthood that is hereditary.
Related term(s): Baron; Knight; Knighthood; Nobility; Knight-banneret; Knight-bachelor
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 264.
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