• WordNet 3.6
    • v brevet promote somebody by brevet, in the military
    • n brevet a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brevet (Mil) A commission giving an officer higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of an officer.
    • Brevet A warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity. French usage.
    • a Brevet (Mil) Taking or conferring rank by brevet; as, a brevet colonel; a brevet commission.
    • v. t Brevet (Mil) To confer rank upon by brevet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brevet A letter of authority; a commission.
    • n brevet In the British and American armies, a commission to an officer which promotes him to a higher rank, without conferring a right to receive corresponding advance in pay. In Great Britain it does not descend lower than the rank of captain, nor ascend higher than that of lieutenant-colonel, and confers the right to a corresponding advance in command. In the United States army it extends from the rank of first lieutenant to that of lieutenant-general, but gives no advanced command except by special assignment of the President. Brevets are conferred by and with the advice and consent of the Senate for “gallant actions and meritorious services.”
    • n brevet A patent; a warrant; a license; a commission; an official diploma in writing, conferring some privilege or distinction.
    • brevet Assigned or conferred by brevet; appointed by brevet.
    • brevet To confer brevet rank upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brevet brev′et a military commission entitling an officer to take rank above that for which he receives pay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. brevet, LL. brevetum, fr. L. brevis, short. See Brief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. brevis, short.


In literature:

On the 20th of August, 1847, he was promoted Brevet First Lieutenant.
"Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862" by W. W. Howe
That Peter Junior had come home brevetted a captain for his bravery crowned him with glory.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
GEORGE M. BROOKE, Brevet Major-General in the United States army, died at San Antonio, Texas, on the 19th of March.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
At the close of the war he received the rank of brevet major for meritorious service.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
Their commander was Lieutenant-Colonel (brevet Major-General) Eugene A. Carr.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
First Brigade, Brevet Brigadier-General D.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
It was an aide to the President General himself; a brevet-Colonel wearing the uniform of the World Police.
"The Women-Stealers of Thrayx" by Fox B. Holden
Graduated July 1, 1847, brevet second lieutenant.
"The Battle of the Big Hole" by G. O. Shields
Allen, personally distinguished himself, for which he received the rank Brevet Lt. Col. at the close of the war.
"History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry" by R. C. Rankin
I could scarce have a lovelier, true; but where is thy brevet?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various

In news:

Pascale Brevet is a French freelance writer, food consultant, and compulsive traveler.
" But that number is somewhat misleading in that it includes almost 2,000 "Brevet" Brigadier Generals.