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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.
Historical Examples

Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8 Various
Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers Silvio A. Bedini
The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
Thirty Years in the Itinerancy Wesson Gage Miller
The Letters of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army Augustus Meyers
The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2) Hazard Stevens

a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances
verb -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting, -veted
(transitive) to promote by brevet


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