Definitions for billetˈbɪl ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bil•letˈbɪl ɪt(n.)

  1. lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.

  2. an official order directing the addressee to provide such lodging.

    Category: Military

  3. a bunk, berth, or the like, assigned to a member of a ship's crew.

  4. job; position; appointment.

  5. Archaic. a short letter; note.

  6. (v.t.)to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.

    Category: Military

  7. to provide lodging for; quarter.

  8. (v.i.)to be quartered; stay.

Origin of billet:

1375–1425; late ME bylet, billett official register < AF billette, OF bullette

bil•letˈbɪl ɪt(n.)

  1. a small chunk of wood, esp. a short section of a log cut for fuel.

    Category: Energy

  2. a narrow steel bar, esp. one rolled or forged from an ingot.

    Category: Metallurgy

  3. one of a series of closely spaced cylinders, often in several rows, forming a molding or cornice.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of billet:

1400–50; late ME bylet, bel(l)et < AF, MF billette=bille log, tree trunk (< Gaulish *bilia tree trunk; cf. OIr bile landmark tree) +-ette -ette

Princeton's WordNet

  1. note, short letter, line, billet(noun)

    a short personal letter

    "drop me a line when you get there"

  2. billet(noun)

    lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)

  3. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation(verb)

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  4. quarter, billet, canton(verb)

    provide housing for (military personnel)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Billet(noun)

    a small paper; a note; a short letter

  2. Billet(noun)

    a ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence

  3. Billet(verb)

    to direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses

  4. Billet(noun)

    a small stick of wood, as for firewood

  5. Billet(noun)

    a short bar of metal, as of gold or iron

  6. Billet(noun)

    an ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round

  7. Billet(noun)

    a strap which enters a buckle

  8. Billet(noun)

    a loop which receives the end of a buckled strap

  9. Billet(noun)

    a bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle


  1. Billet

    A billet is a term for living quarters to which a soldier is assigned to sleep. Historically, it referred to a private dwelling that was required to accept the soldier. Soldiers are generally billeted in barracks or garrisons when not on combat duty, although in some armies soldiers with families are permitted to maintain a home off-post. Used for a building, the term is more commonly used in British English; United States standard terms are quarters, barracks, "Single Housing" or "Family Housing".

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. billet

    1. Shelter for troops. 2. To quarter troops. 3. A personnel position or assignment that may be filled by one person.

Translations for billet

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a private house etc where soldiers are given food and lodging.

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