- The definition of a billet is a place in a nonmilitary facility where soldiers live temporarily.
When an ordinary citizen lets a soldier live in his house, this is an example of a billet.
- To billet is defined as to provide temporary housing for soldiers in a non-military facility.
When you open up your home and let a soldier live there temporarily, this is an example of a time when you billet.
- Obsolete a brief document or letter
- a written order to provide quarters or lodging for military personnel, as in private buildings
- the quarters thus assigned or occupied
- the sleeping place assigned to a sailor on ship
- a position, job, or situation
Origin of billetMiddle English ; from Anglo-French diminutive of bille, bill
- to assign to lodging by billet
- to assign to a post
- to serve a billet on
- a short, thick piece of firewood
- Obsolete a wooden club
- a long, rectangular or cylindrical unfinished bar of iron or steel, usually smaller than c. 232 sq cm (c. 36 sq in) in cross section
- a similar, generally smaller, bar made from a nonferrous metal
- Archit. a log-shaped insert in a Norman molding
Origin of billet? < another sourceSaddlery any of the straps used to fasten the saddletree to the girth
Origin of billetMiddle English ; from Old French billette, diminutive of bille ; from Gaulish an unverified form bilia, tree trunk, akin to Irish bile, tree
- a. Lodging for troops.b. A written order directing that such lodging be provided.
- A position of employment; a job.
- Archaic A short letter; a note.
verbbil·let·ed, bil·let·ing, bil·lets
- a. To lodge (soldiers).b. To serve (a person) with a written order to provide lodging for soldiers.
- To assign lodging to.
Origin of billetMiddle English, official register, from Old French billette, from bullette, diminutive of bulle, document, from Medieval Latin bulla, document, seal; see bill1.
- A short, thick piece of wood, especially one used as firewood.
- One of a series of regularly spaced, log-shaped segments used horizontally as ornamentation in the moldings of Norman architecture.
- a. A small, usually rectangular bar of iron or steel in an intermediate stage of manufacture.b. A small ingot of nonferrous metal.
- a. The part of a harness strap that passes through a buckle.b. A loop or pocket for securing the end of a buckled harness strap.
Origin of billetMiddle English, from Old French billette, diminutive of bille, log, from Vulgar Latin *bilia, possibly of Celtic origin.
(third-person singular simple present billets, present participle billeting or billetting, simple past and past participle billeted or billetted)
- metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal
- a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood
- (heraldry) A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon
- (architecture) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
- (saddlery) A strap which enters a buckle.
- A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.