from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commission promoting a military officer in rank without an increase in pay.
- transitive v. To promote by brevet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A military document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily, but without an increase in pay.
- n. An organized, long-distance bicycle ride — not a race, but a test of endurance — which follows a designated but unmarked route passing through check points.
- v. To promote by brevet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity. [French usage].
- n. A commission giving an officer higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of an officer.
- transitive v. To confer rank upon by brevet.
- adj. Taking or conferring rank by brevet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A letter of authority; a commission.
- n. 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.
- n. A patent; a warrant; a license; a commission; an official diploma in writing, conferring some privilege or distinction.
- Assigned or conferred by brevet; appointed by brevet.
- To confer brevet rank upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. promote somebody by brevet, in the military
- n. a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
Middle English, official letter, from Anglo-Norman, diminutive of bref, letter, from Latin brevis, short; see brief.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English brevet 'official letter', from Anglo-Norman diminutive of bref 'letter', from Latin brevis 'short' (see English brief) (Wiktionary)