Billet Definition

bĭlĭt
billets
noun
billets
Lodging for troops.
American Heritage
A brief document or letter.
Webster's New World
A written order directing that such lodging be provided.
American Heritage
A written order to provide quarters or lodging for military personnel, as in private buildings.
Webster's New World
A position of employment; a job.
American Heritage
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verb
billets
To lodge (soldiers).
American Heritage
To assign to lodging by billet.
Webster's New World
To be billeted or quartered.
Webster's New World
To serve (a person) with a written order to provide lodging for soldiers.
American Heritage
To assign to a post.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Billet

Noun

Singular:
billet
Plural:
billets

Origin of Billet

  • Middle English official register from Old French billette from bullette diminutive of bulle document from Medieval Latin bulla document, seal bill1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French billette, from bille (“log, tree trunk”), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, probably of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish bile (“tree”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French billette diminutive of bille log from Vulgar Latin bilia possibly of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bylet, from Anglo-Norman billette (“list, schedule”).

    From Wiktionary

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