noun (1)
bil·​let | \ ˈbi-lət How to pronounce billet (audio) \

Definition of billet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : a brief letter : note
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 : position, job a lucrative billet


billeted; billeting; billets

Definition of billet (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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


noun (2)

Definition of billet (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : a chunky piece of wood (as for firewood)
b obsolete : cudgel
2a : 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

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Examples of billet in a Sentence

Verb every colonial household was expected to billet a British soldier

First Known Use of billet

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for billet

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billete, diminutive of bille log, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bile landmark tree

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The first known use of billet was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Billet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of billet

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

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