Origin of brevetMiddle English from OFr, diminutive of bref, brief
transitive verb-·vet′ted or -·vet′ed, -·vet′ting or -·vet′ing
transitive verbbre·vet·ted, bre·vet·ting, bre·vets, also bre·vet·ed bre·vet·ing
Origin of brevetMiddle English official letter from Anglo-Norman diminutive of bref letter from Latin brevis short ; see brief .
- A military document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily, but without an increase in pay.
- A warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity, as in France.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present brevets, present participle breveting or brevetting, simple past and past participle breveted or brevetted)
- To promote by brevet.