• Breve Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A curved mark [/] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
  2. (n.) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
  3. (n.) A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: / ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.
  4. (n.) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.

• Brevet Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A warrant from the government, granting a privilege, title, or dignity. [French usage].
  2. (v. t.) To confer rank upon by brevet.
  3. (n.) A commission giving an officer higher rank than that for which he receives pay; an honorary promotion of an officer.
  4. (a.) Taking or conferring rank by brevet; as, a brevet colonel; a brevet commission.