- a commission promoting a military officer to a higher rank without increase of pay and with limited exercise of the higher rank, often granted as an honor immediately before retirement.
- to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.
Origin of brevet
Examples from the Web for brevet
If they wuz givin' commissions away you wouldn't be a brevet Corporal.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
There is your brevet to the 'Legion,' signed by the Emperor.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Brevet Major Fowle was ordered to march against them with two companies.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
He hoped that the Marshal had brought his brevet as brigadier general.The Man With The Broken Ear
At present he is a brevet lieutenant-colonel in the regular army.Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61
- a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances
- (tr) to promote by brevet
Word Origin and History for brevet
mid-14c., from Old French brievet "letter, note, piece of paper; papal indulgence" (13c.), diminutive of bref "letter, note" (see brief (adj.)). Army sense is from 1680s.
1839, from French breveter, from brevet (see brevet (n.)). Related: Breveted; breveting.