brevet


1bre·vet

noun \bri-ˈvet, chiefly British ˈbre-vit\

Definition of BREVET

:  a commission giving a military officer higher nominal rank than that for which pay is received

Origin of BREVET

Middle English, document, from Anglo-French, diminutive of bref letter — more at brief
First Known Use: 1689

2brevet

verb
bre·vet·ted or brev·et·edbre·vet·ting or brev·et·ing

Definition of BREVET

transitive verb
:  to confer rank upon by brevet

First Known Use of BREVET

1819

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