Definition of brevet in English:

brevet

Syllabification: bre·vet
Pronunciation: /brəˈvet, ˈbrevit
 
/

noun

[often as modifier]
A former type of military commission conferred especially for outstanding service by which an officer was promoted to a higher rank without the corresponding pay: a brevet lieutenant
More example sentences
  • Promoted to the brevet rank of brigadier general, his division was prominent in the last stages of the war.
  • There is no record that he received a brevet of any grade.
  • Receipt of ‘wings’ or the pilot's brevet, is a significant event in a pilot's career.

verb (brevets, breveting or brevetting, breveted or brevetted)

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Confer a brevet rank on.
More example sentences
  • He was often breveted for gallantry, and became quartermaster general of the U.S. Army.
  • It was rumored that she was brevetted a colonel, but there is no evidence of this.
  • He had been promoted to captain, and later he was brevetted major for ‘gallant and meritorious service’.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting an official letter, especially a papal indulgence): from Old French brievet 'little letter', diminutive of bref.

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