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brevet

noun bre·vet \ 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 and Etymology of brevet

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


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brevet

verb

Definition of brevet

brevetted or breveted; brevetting or breveting
transitive verb
:to confer rank upon by brevet

First Known Use of brevet

1812


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