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bre·​vet bri-ˈvet How to pronounce brevet (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈbre-vit
: a commission giving a military officer higher nominal rank than that for which pay is received


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brevetted or breveted; brevetting or breveting

transitive verb

: to confer rank upon by brevet

Examples of brevet in a Sentence

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Dabney, the curator at Petersburg, finds a metaphor in the story of Hart, who was a captain promoted to brevet major in 1865 as the war ended. Phil Gast, CNN, 30 Apr. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1689, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brevet was in 1689

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“Brevet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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