Etymology
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banneret (n.)

c. 1300, an order of knighthood, originally in reference to one who could lead his men into battle under his own banner (q.v.). Later it meant one who received rank for valiant deeds done in the king's presence in battle. Also "a small banner" (c. 1300, also bannerette).

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Definitions of banneret

banneret (n.)
a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command;
Synonyms: knight banneret / knight of the square flag
From wordnet.princeton.edu