- 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.
- Obs. 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-Fr, 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
- Obs. 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 source in saddlery, 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 bill 1.
- A short, thick piece of wood, especially one used as firewood.
- One of a series of regularly spaced, log-shaped segments used as an ornamental motif on moldings in 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
From Middle English bylet, from Anglo-Norman billette (“list, schedule”).
(third-person singular simple present billets, present participle billeting or billetting, simple past and past participle billeted or billetted)
Middle French billette (“schedule”), from bullette, diminutive form of bulle (“document”), from Medieval Latin bulla (“document”).
- 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.
Old French billette, from bille (“log, tree trunk”), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, probably of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish bile (“tree”)).