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bill

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noun \ˈbil\

Definition of bill

  1. 1 :  the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering

  2. 2 :  a mouthpart (as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill

  3. 3 :  the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

  4. 4 :  the visor of a cap or hood



Illustration of bill

Origin of bill

Middle English bile, from Old English; akin to Old English bill


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bill

verb

Definition of bill

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch and rub bill to bill

  3. 2 :  to caress affectionately <billing and cooing>



1584

First Known Use of bill

1584


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bill

noun

Definition of bill

  1. 1 :  a weapon in use up to the 18th century that consists of a long staff ending in a hook-shaped blade

  2. 2 :  billhook



Origin of bill

Middle English bil, from Old English bill sword; akin to Old High German bill pickax


First Known Use: 14th century


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bill

noun

Definition of bill

  1. 1 :  an itemized list or a statement of particulars (as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew)

  2. 2 :  a written document or note

  3. 3 obsolete :  a formal petition

  4. 4 a :  an itemized account of the separate cost of goods sold, services performed, or work done :  invoice b :  an amount expended or owed c :  a statement of charges for food or drink :  check

  5. 5 a :  a written or printed advertisement posted or otherwise distributed to announce an event of interest to the public; especially :  an announcement of a theatrical entertainment b :  a programmed presentation (as a motion picture, play, or concert)

  6. 6 :  a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment; also :  the law itself <the GI bill>

  7. 7 :  a declaration in writing stating a wrong a complainant has suffered from a defendant or stating a breach of law by some person <a bill of complaint>

  8. 8 a :  a piece of paper money b :  an individual or commercial note <bills receivable> c slang :  one hundred dollars

fill the bill or fit the bill
  1. :  to be exactly what is needed :  be suitable



Origin of bill

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French bille, from Medieval Latin billa, perhaps alteration of bulla, papal seal, bull — more at bull


First Known Use: 14th century


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bill

verb

Definition of bill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to enter in an accounting system :  prepare a bill of (charges) b :  to submit a bill of charges to c :  to enter (as freight) in a waybill d :  to issue a bill of lading to or for

  3. 2 :  to announce (as a performance) especially by posters or placards

  4. 3 :  advertise, promote <the book is billed as a “report” — P. G. Altbach>

bill·able adjective


14th Century

First Known Use of bill

14th century




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