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brevet

[bruh-vet, brev-it]
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noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), bre·vet·ted, bre·vet·ting or bre·vet·ed, bre·vet·ing.
  1. to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.
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Origin of brevet

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French brievet. See brief, -et
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Historical Examples

  • If they wuz givin' commissions away you wouldn't be a brevet Corporal.

    Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)

    John McElroy

  • There is your brevet to the 'Legion,' signed by the Emperor.

  • 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.

  • At present he is a brevet lieutenant-colonel in the regular army.


British Dictionary definitions for brevet

brevet

noun
  1. a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances
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verb -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting or -veted
  1. (tr) to promote by brevet
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Derived Formsbrevetcy, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French brievet a little letter, from brief letter; see brief
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Word Origin and History for brevet

n.

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.

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v.

1839, from French breveter, from brevet (see brevet (n.)). Related: Breveted; breveting.

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