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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. 2a :  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


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billet

verb bil·let

Definition of billet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assign lodging to (someone, such as a soldier) 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

First Known Use of billet

1594


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billet

noun bil·let

Definition of billet

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

  2. 2a :  a bar of metalb :  a piece of semifinished iron or steel nearly square in section made by rolling an ingot or bloomc :  a section of nonferrous metal ingot hot-worked by forging, rolling, or extrusiond :  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 Celt origin; akin to Old Irish bile landmark tree


BILLET Defined for English Language Learners

billet

verb

Definition of billet for English Language Learners

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



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