brevetted

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), brevetted, brevetting or breveted, breveting.
2.
to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.

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

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brevet (ˈbrɛvɪt)
 
n
1.  a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances
 
vb , -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting, -veted
2.  (tr) to promote by brevet
 
[C14: from Old French brievet a little letter, from brief letter; see brief]
 
'brevetcy
 
n

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brevet
mid-14c., from O.Fr. brievet "letter, note, piece of paper; papal indulgence" (13c.), dim. of bref "letter, note" (see brief). Army sense is from 1680s. As a verb, 1839, from Fr. breveter. Related: Breveted.
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