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Billet definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BILL'ET, n. [dim. of bill;]
A small paper or note in writing, used for various purposes; sometimes it is a short letter, addressed to some person; sometimes a ticket directing soldiers at what house to lodge.
In heraldry, billet is a bearing in the form of a long square.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there" [syn: note, short letter, line, billet]
2: lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
3: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation] v
1: provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, billet, canton]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billette, diminutive of bille bill Date: 15th century 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> II. transitive verb Date: 1594 1. to assign lodging to (as soldiers) by or as if by a billet 2. to serve with a billet <billet a householder> III. noun Etymology: Middle English bylet, from Anglo-French billete, diminutive of bille log, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bile landmark tree Date: 15th century 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

U.S. Military Dictionary

1. Shelter for troops. 2. To quarter troops. 3. A personnel position or assignment that may be filled by one person.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 a a place where troops etc. are lodged, usu. with civilians. b a written order requiring a householder to lodge the bearer, usu. a soldier. 2 colloq. a situation; a job. --v.tr. (billeted, billeting) 1 (usu. foll. by on, in, at) quarter (soldiers etc.). 2 (of a householder) provide (a soldier etc.) with board and lodging. Derivatives: billetee n. billeter n. Etymology: ME f. AF billette, AL billetta, dimin. of billa BILL(1) 2. n. 1 a thick piece of firewood. 2 a small metal bar. 3 Archit. each of a series of short rolls inserted at intervals in Norman decorative mouldings. Etymology: ME f. F billette small log, ult. prob. of Celtic orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Billet Bil"let, n. Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig. [Colloq.] The men who cling to easy billets ashore. --Harper's Mag. His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and there they rankle. --Pall Mall Mag.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Billet Bil"let, n. [F. billette, bille, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. Billiards, Billot.] 1. A small stick of wood, as for firewood. They shall beat out my brains with billets. --Shak. 2. (Metal.) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron. 3. (Arch.) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round. 4. (Saddlery) (a) A strap which enters a buckle. (b) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap. --Knight. 5. (Her.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Billard Bil"lard, n. (Zo["o]l.) An English fish, allied to the cod; the coalfish. [Written also billet and billit.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Billet Bil"let, n. [F. billet, dim. of an OF. bille bill. See Bill a writing.] 1. A small paper; a note; a short letter. ``I got your melancholy billet.'' --Sterne. 2. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Billet Bil"let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Billeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Billeting.] [From Billet a ticket.] (Mil.) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses. Billeted in so antiquated a mansion. --W. Irving.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(billets, billeting, billeted) 1. If members of the armed forces are billeted in a particular place, that place is provided for them to stay in for a period of time. The soldiers were billeted in private homes. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed adv/prep 2. A billet is a house where a member of the armed forces has been billeted. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Note, short letter. 2. Stick, small piece, fagot, splitting. II. v. a. Assign (to a lodging-place, as soldiers, by a billet), apportion, allot, distribute, quarter, place in lodgings. III. v. n. Be quartered, lodge, have one's quarters.

Moby Thesaurus

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