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
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- 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)[with object]
Confer a brevet rank on.
- 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’.
Late Middle English (denoting an official letter, especially a papal indulgence): from Old French brievet 'little letter', diminutive of bref.
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