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brevet

[bruh-vet, brev-it] /brəˈvɛt, ˈbrɛv ɪt/
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), brevetted, brevetting or breveted, breveting.
2.
to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.
Origin of brevet
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French brievet. See brief, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting, -veted
2.
(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
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.

v.

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

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