One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often as modifier A former type of military commission conferred especially for outstanding service, by which an officer was promoted to a higher rank without the corresponding pay.‘a brevet lieutenant’
- ‘There is no record that he received a brevet of any grade.’
- ‘Receipt of ‘wings’ or the pilot's brevet, is a significant event in a pilot's career.’
- ‘He rose from second lieutenant to brevet major general in only four years.’
- ‘Promoted to the brevet rank of brigadier general, his division was prominent in the last stages of the war.’
- ‘When promoted to brevet major general, he was the youngest American to ever hold that rank.’
- ‘Meritorious service in three battles won him promotions to brevet major.’
verbbrevetted, breveted, brevets, breveting, brevetting[with object]
Confer a brevet rank on.
- ‘It was rumored that she was brevetted a colonel, but there is no evidence of this.’
- ‘He had been promoted to captain, and later he was brevetted major for ‘gallant and meritorious service’.’
- ‘The truth is that Pickett was cited for gallantry and was breveted twice in fighting in Mexico.’
- ‘He was often breveted for gallantry, and became quartermaster general of the U.S. Army.’
- ‘The newly breveted Captain shook his head, the area was so peaceful.’
Late Middle English (denoting an official letter, especially a papal indulgence): from Old French brievet ‘little letter’, diminutive of bref.
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