a. Lodging for troops.
b. A written order directing that such lodging be provided.
2. A position of employment; a job.
3. Archaic A short letter; a note.
v. bil·let·ed, bil·let·ing, bil·lets
a. To lodge (soldiers).
b. To serve (a person) with a written order to provide lodging for soldiers.
2. To assign lodging to.
To be quartered; lodge.
[Middle English, official register, from Old French billette, from bullette, diminutive of bulle, document, from Medieval Latin bulla, document, seal; see bill1.]
1. A short, thick piece of wood, especially one used as firewood.
2. One of a series of regularly spaced, log-shaped segments used as an ornamental motif on moldings in Norman architecture.
a. A small, usually rectangular bar of iron or steel in an intermediate stage of manufacture.
b. A small ingot of nonferrous metal.
a. The part of a harness strap that passes through a buckle.
b. A loop or pocket for securing the end of a buckled harness strap.
[Middle English, from Old French billette, diminutive of bille, log, from Vulgar Latin *bilia, possibly of Celtic origin.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Military) accommodation, esp for a soldier, in civilian lodgings
2. (Military) the official requisition for such lodgings
3. (Nautical Terms) a space or berth allocated, esp for slinging a hammock, in a ship
4. informal a job
5. archaic a brief letter or document
6. (Military) (tr) to assign a lodging to (a soldier)
7. (tr) informal to assign to a post or job
8. to lodge or be lodged
[C15: from Old French billette, from bulle a document; see bull3]
1. a chunk of wood, esp for fuel
a. a metal bar of square or circular cross section
b. an ingot cast into the shape of a prism
3. (Architecture) architect a carved ornament in a moulding, with short cylinders or blocks evenly spaced
[C15: from Old French billette a little log, from bille log, probably of Celtic origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
2. an official order directing the addressee to provide such lodging.
3. a bunk, berth, or the like, assigned to a member of a ship’s crew.
4. job; position; appointment.
5. Archaic. a short letter; note.
6. to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
7. to provide lodging for; quarter.
8. to be quartered; stay.
[1375–1425; late Middle English bylet, billett official register < Anglo-French billette, Old French bullette]
1. a small chunk of wood, esp. a short section of a log cut for fuel.
2. a narrow steel bar, esp. one rolled or forged from an ingot.
3. one of a series of closely spaced cylinders, often in several rows, forming a molding or cornice.
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
– A civilian house where soldiers are lodged temporarily; a billet is also a thick piece of wood, from Latin billa/billus, “branch, trunk.”
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. Shelter for troops.
2. To quarter troops.
3. A personnel position or assignment that may be filled by one person.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Past participle: billeted
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