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billet

noun bil·let \ ˈbi-lət \
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 and Etymology of billet

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

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billet

verb
billeted; billeting; billets
1 : to assign lodging to (someone, such as a soldier) by or as if by a billet
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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billet

noun
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 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

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



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