[bruh-vet, brev-it]


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.

to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.

Origin of brevet

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French brievet. See brief, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

verb -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting or -veted

(tr) to promote by brevet
Derived Formsbrevetcy, noun

Word Origin for brevet

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

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