1

billet

play
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


First Known Use: 15th century


2

billet

verb bil·let

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


3

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


First Known Use: 15th century


BILLET Defined for English Language Learners


2

billet

verb bil·let

Definition of billet for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up billet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a frightening dream

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • manet-jeanne-spring
  • Which is a synonym of chaffer?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!