billet

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1bil·let

noun \ˈbi-lət\

Definition of BILLET

1
archaic :  a brief letter :  note
2
a :  an official order directing that a member of a military force be provided with board and lodging (as in a private home)
b :  quarters assigned by or as if by a billet
3
:  position, job <a lucrative billet>

Origin of BILLET

Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billette, diminutive of bille bill
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with BILLET

2billet

transitive verb

: to put (someone, such as a soldier) in a private home to live there temporarily

Full Definition of BILLET

1
:  to assign lodging to (as soldiers) by or as if by a billet
2
:  to serve with a billet <billet a householder>

Examples of BILLET

  1. <every colonial household was expected to billet a British soldier>

First Known Use of BILLET

1594

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

3billet

noun

Definition of BILLET

1
a :  a chunky piece of wood (as for firewood)
b obsolete :  cudgel
2
a :  a bar of metal
b :  a piece of semifinished iron or steel nearly square in section made by rolling an ingot or bloom
c :  a section of nonferrous metal ingot hot-worked by forging, rolling, or extrusion
d :  a nonferrous casting suitable for rolling or extrusion

Origin of BILLET

Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billete, diminutive of bille log, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bile landmark tree
First Known Use: 15th century

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