brevet

noun
bre·​vet | \ bri-ˈvet How to pronounce brevet (audio) , chiefly British ˈbre-vit \

Definition of brevet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

brevet

verb
brevetted or breveted; brevetting or breveting

Definition of brevet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to confer rank upon by brevet

First Known Use of brevet

Noun

1689, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brevet

Noun

Middle English, document, from Anglo-French, diminutive of bref letter — more at brief

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brevet

Statistics for brevet

Cite this Entry

“Brevet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brevet. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on brevet

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about brevet

Comments on brevet

What made you want to look up brevet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!