Bre*vet" (br&esl;*v&ebreve;t"; 277), n. [F.
brevet, LL. brevetum, fr. L. brevis short. See
Brief.] 1. A warrant from the government,
granting a privilege, title, or dignity. [French usage].
2. (Mil.) A commission giving an officer
higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of
&fist; In the United States army, rank by brevet is conferred, by
and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for "gallant actions or
meritorious services." A brevet rank gives no right of command in
the particular corps to which the officer brevetted belongs, and can be
exercised only by special assignment of the President, or on court martial,
and detachments composed of different corps, with pay of the brevet
rank when on such duty.
Bre*vet" (br&esl;*v&ebreve;t"), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Brevetted (&?;); p. pr. &
vb. n. Brevetting.] (Mil.) To confer rank upon
Bre*vet", a. (Mil.) Taking or
conferring rank by brevet; as, a brevet colonel; a brevet