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Meaning of BILLET

Pronunciation:  'bilit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  for military personnel (especially in a private home)
  2. [v]  provide housing for, of military personnel

BILLET is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: canton, quarter
 See Also: accommodate, housing, living accommodations, lodge, lodging



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Bil"let\, n. [F. billette, bille, log; of unknown
    origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. {Billiards},
    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.
    5. (Her.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
  4. \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
          His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and
          there they rankle.                       --Pall Mall
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