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

Examples of brevet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The country has also taken some extraordinary steps, like postponing the national middle school exams, known as brevet. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Photos: Paris sizzles in France’s hottest week in more than 15 years," 26 June 2019

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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

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