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brevet

[ bruh-vet, brev-it ]

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.


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.

brevet

/ ˈbrɛvɪt /

noun

  1. a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances


verb

  1. tr to promote by brevet
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Derived Forms

  • ˈbrevetcy, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of brevet1

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French brievet. See brief, -et
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Word History and Origins

Origin of brevet1

C14: from Old French brievet a little letter, from brief letter; see brief
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Example Sentences

To Mildred he was one of that numerous army of brevet relations known as gran-pop, pop, or uncle.

Martin Falleix obtained a brevet for invention and a gold medal at the Exposition of 1824.

On the reorganization of the army in 1815 he was retained as colonel in the Rifle Regiment, with brevet rank of brigadier-general.

Such ability and devotion brought him home from Mexico bearing the brevet rank of Colonel.

He rose to the brevet rank of major and served in the war of 1812 against Great Britain.

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