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[bruh-vet, brev-it] /brəˈvɛt, ˈbrɛv ɪt/
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), brevetted, brevetting or breveted, breveting.
to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.
Origin of brevet
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French brievet. See brief, -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brevet
  • brevet rank shall be considered strictly honorary and shall confer no privilege of precedence or command, nor pay any emoluments.
  • He failed his brevet exam, and subsequently dropped out of school.
British Dictionary definitions for brevet


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, -veted
(transitive) to promote by brevet
Derived Forms
brevetcy, 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

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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