bre•vetPronunciation: (bru-vet', brev'it), [key]
—n., v., -vet•ted, -vet•ting or -vet•ed, -vet•ing.
a commission promoting a military officer to a higher rank without increase of pay and with limited exercise of the higher rank, often granted as an honor immediately before retirement.
to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.
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