Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lodging for troops.
  • n. A written order directing that such lodging be provided.
  • n. A position of employment; a job.
  • n. Archaic A short letter; a note.
  • transitive v. To lodge (soldiers).
  • transitive v. To serve (a person) with a written order to provide lodging for soldiers.
  • transitive v. To assign lodging to.
  • intransitive v. To be quartered; lodge.
  • n. A short, thick piece of wood, especially one used as firewood.
  • n. One of a series of regularly spaced, log-shaped segments used horizontally as ornamentation in the moldings of Norman architecture.
  • n. A small, usually rectangular bar of iron or steel in an intermediate stage of manufacture.
  • n. A small ingot of nonferrous metal.
  • n. The part of a harness strap that passes through a buckle.
  • n. A loop or pocket for securing the end of a buckled harness strap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short informal letter.
  • n. A written order to quarter soldiers.
  • n. a place where a soldier is assigned to lodge
  • v. to lodge soldiers, usually by order
  • v. to lodge, or be quartered, in a private house
  • n. metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal
  • n. a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood
  • n. A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon
  • n. An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
  • n. A strap which enters a buckle.
  • n. A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small paper; a note; a short letter.
  • n. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge.
  • n. Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig.
  • n. A small stick of wood, as for firewood.
  • n. A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
  • n. An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
  • n.
  • n. A strap which enters a buckle.
  • n. A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
  • n. A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
  • transitive v. To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To direct (a soldier) by a ticket or note where to lodge; hence, to quarter or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.
  • To be quartered; lodge: specifically applied to soldiers.
  • n. A small paper or note in writing; a short letter or document.
  • n. A ticket given by a billet-master or other officer directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide board and lodging for the soldier bearing it.
  • n. Hence The place where a soldier is lodged; lodging; accommodation.
  • n. The place (marked by a numbered hammock-hook) assigned to each of the crew of a man-of-war for slinging his hammock.
  • n. Hence A place, situation, position, or appointment: as, he is looking for a billet.
  • n. A ballot or voting-paper.
  • n. A small stick of wood; especially, a stick of wood cut for fuel.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing in the form of a small rectangle, usually set with the long sides vertical.
  • n. In architecture: An ornament much used in early medieval work, consisting of an imitation of a wooden billet, or a small section of a rod, of which a series are placed at regular intervals in or upon a molding, usually a concave molding. See cut under billet-molding.
  • n. A checker.
  • n. A short strap used for connecting various straps and portions of a harness.
  • n. A pocket or loop into which the end of a strap is inserted after passing through a buckle.
  • n. A small bloom; a short bar of iron or steel, with a square section, and of smaller size than an ordinary “pile.”
  • n. A local English name of the coal-fish, especially when one year old.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short personal letter
  • v. provide housing for (military personnel)
  • n. a job in an organization
  • n. lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, official register, from Old French billette, from bullette, diminutive of bulle, document, from Medieval Latin bulla, document, seal; see bill1.
Middle English, from Old French billette, diminutive of bille, log, from Vulgar Latin *bilia, possibly of Celtic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bylet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle French billette ("schedule"), from bullette, diminutive form of bulle ("document"), from Medieval Latin bulla ("document").

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Old French billette, from bille ("log, tree trunk"), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, possible of Celtic origin (compare Old Irish oir ("tree")).

Examples

  • But poetry — do you know how Vaughn Marlow makes his living? — teaching in a boys 'cramming-joint down in Pennsylvania, and of all private little hells such a billet is the limit.

    Chapter 32

  • - teaching in a boys 'cramming-joint down in Pennsylvania, and of all private little hells such a billet is the limit.

    Chapter 32

  • I know, I know, the Teheran embassy wasn’t built in a day, but it still seems like Ross’s would-be billet is an odd bureaucratic entity.

    Her Family And Friends Treated Him Like An Ambassador | ATTACKERMAN

  • No, you must play underhand with me, knowing that this billet was the one chance for me to get on my feet again.

    Bunches of Knuckles

  • Peter had asked to take the lead shortly before the accident occurred and Scott was giving him a billet -- a billet is a climbers way of securing another climber to the mountain in case of a fall.

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  • My billet is a shelf space half a meter wide, half a meter deep, and just a trifle longer than I am-with other females brushing my elbows on each side of me.

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  • The billet was a scrap on which was written only --

    The False Chevalier or, The Lifeguard of Marie Antoinette

  • Our billet is a village with shell-scarred trees lining its streets, and grass peeping over its fallen masonry, a few inn signs still swing and look like corpses hanging; at night they creak as if in agony.

    The Red Horizon

  • Behind our billet was the open country where Nature, the great mother, was busy; the butterflies flitted over the soldiers '(p. 262) graves, the grass grew over unburied dead men, who seemed to be sinking into the ground, apple trees threw out a wealth of blossom which the breezes flung broadcast to earth like young lives in the whirlwind of war.

    The Red Horizon

  • Our billet was a farm just on the edge of the village.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

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