Definitions for brevetbrəˈvɛt, ˈbrɛv ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bre•vetbrəˈvɛt, ˈbrɛv ɪt(n.; v.)-vet•ted, -vet•ting; -vet•ed, -vet•ing.

  1. (n.)a commission promoting a military officer to a higher rank without increase of pay.

    Category: Military

  2. (v.t.)to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.

    Category: Military

Origin of brevet:

1325–75; ME < AF; OF brievet. See brief , -et

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brevet(verb)

    a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)

  2. brevet(verb)

    promote somebody by brevet, in the military


  1. brevet(Noun)

    A military document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily, but without an increase in pay.

  2. brevet(Noun)

    An organized, long-distance bicycle ride u2014 not a race, but a test of endurance u2014 which follows a designated but unmarked route passing through check points.

  3. brevet(Verb)

    To promote by brevet.

  4. Origin: brevet 'official letter', from diminutive of bref 'letter', from brevis 'short' (see brief)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brevet(noun)

    a warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity. [French usage]

  2. Brevet(noun)

    a commission giving an officer higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of an officer

  3. Brevet(verb)

    to confer rank upon by brevet

  4. Brevet(adj)

    taking or conferring rank by brevet; as, a brevet colonel; a brevet commission


  1. Brevet

    In many of the world's military establishments, a brevet was a warrant authorizing a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily, but usually without receiving the pay of that higher rank except when actually serving in that role. An officer so promoted may be referred to as being brevetted. For example, "He was brevetted major general." The promotion would be noted in the officer's title, for example, "Bvt. Maj. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain or Bvt. Maj Gen. John Aaron Rawlins." This is not to be confused with a Brevet in Francophone Europe military circles, where a Brevet is an award.

Translations for brevet

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an official paper giving authority, especially to an army officer etc

My son got his commission last year.

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