- 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 brevetted
He served in several major engagements in the American Revolution and in 1783 was brevetted a brigadier-general.Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers
Silvio A. Bedini
Was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, colonel, and brigadier-general of volunteers March 13, 1865.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant
James D. Richardson
In 1865 he was brevetted major-general in the regular army, and in 1866 he was retired.
He will probably be brevetted for his services at this place and at Vera Cruz.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)
Brevetted major-general of volunteers for gallant and meritorious conduct at Antietam.The Battle of the Big Hole
G. O. Shields
- 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 brevetted
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.