American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A commission promoting a military officer in rank without an increase in pay.
- v. To promote by brevet.
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. 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. 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity. [French usage].
- n. (Mil.) A commission giving an officer higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of an officer.
- v. (Mil.) To confer rank upon by brevet.
- adj. (Mil.) Taking or conferring rank by brevet.
- 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 brevet 'official letter', from Anglo-Norman diminutive of bref 'letter', from Latin brevis 'short' (see English brief) (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Count ([Greek: komês]; comes; companion), but having not yet laid aside his belt of office, nor received the honour of admission to the palace, or what they call brevet-rank (_codicilli vacantes_), which honour at the end of his term of service is given to him, and to none of the other chiefs of departments .”
“It might have lasted for ever if the Major had not been made what is called a brevet-colonel during the shuffling of troops that went on just before the South African War.”
“In order to advance to lycée or high school, students are required to take a week-long exam called the brevet at the end of Grade 9.”
“I predict a randonneuring parody by 2020, which should give him plenty of time to compile a bunch of words that rhyme with "brevet" and plan a "collabo" with Velo Orange.”
“Jane and I see that she goes to everything, and we've scared her up a kind of brevet beau -- an old rooster named Brownwell -- Adrian Pericles Brownwell, who has blown in here and bought the _Banner_ from Ezra Lane.”
“To get back to the surrender of 1 GORDONS - I can't go and dig out the story at the moment but it somehow involved the question of 'brevet' rank at the time and a trial for slander (?) after the war.”
“Slim Master of War by Robert Lyman john To get back to the surrender of 1 GORDONS - I can't go and dig out the story at the moment but it somehow involved the question of 'brevet' rank at the time and a trial for slander (?) after the war.”
“He laughed to himself as he mused: "You know, my dear, I had to let 'brevet' and 'fret' and”
“Washington told Stephen on February 1 that he was leaving for Boston, hoping to solve the Dagworthy problem and gain the brevet commissions.”
“Washington protested the absurd situation, and Dinwiddie wrote to Commander in Chief William Shirley asking for brevet commissions for Washington and his officers.”
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