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billet

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noun bil·let \ˈbi-lət\

Definition of billet

  1. 1 archaic :  a brief letter :  note

  2. 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. 3 :  position, job <a lucrative billet>



Origin and Etymology of billet

Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billette, diminutive of bille bill


First Known Use: 15th century


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billet

verb bil·let

Simple Definition of billet

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of billet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assign lodging to (as soldiers) by or as if by a billet

  3. 2 :  to serve with a billet <billet a householder>

Examples of billet in a sentence

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



1594

First Known Use of billet

1594


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billet

noun bil·let

Definition of billet

  1. 1 a :  a chunky piece of wood (as for firewood) b obsolete :  cudgel

  2. 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 and Etymology 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

Rhymes with billet



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