Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
  2. (verb, social) promote somebody by brevet, in the military

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Alternate forms of Brevet

Derivations: brevet

Hypernyms: advance, document, elevate, kick upstairs, papers, promote, raise, upgrade, written document

Origin of the word Brevet

  1. mid-14c., from O.Fr. brievet "letter, note, piece of paper; papal indulgence" (13c.), dim. of bref "letter, note" (see brief). Army sense is from 1680s. As a verb, 1839, from Fr. breveter. Related: Breveted. more

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