Definitions for billet
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word billet.
note, short letter, line, billetnoun
a short personal letter
"drop me a line when you get there"
lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationverb
a job in an organization
"he occupied a post in the treasury"
quarter, billet, cantonverb
provide housing for (military personnel)
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: billet, French.
When he found this little billet, in which was only written, Remember Cæsar, he was exceedingly confounded. Edward Hyde.
’Twas then, Belinda! if report say true,
Thy eyes first open’d on a billet doux. Alexander Pope, Rape of the L.
Bawds and pimps will be carrying about billet doux. Scriblerus Club , Martinus Scriblerus.
Let us then calculate, when the bulk of a faggot or billet, is dilated and rarified to the degree of fire, how vast a place it must take up. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.
Their billet at the fire was found. Matthew Prior.
Etymology: from the noun.
Retire thee; go where thou art billeted:
Away, I say. William Shakespeare, Othello.
They remembered him of charging the kingdom, by billeting soldiers. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.
The counties throughout the kingdom were so incensed, and their affections poisoned, that they refused to suffer the soldiers to be billeted upon them. Edward Hyde.
A billet is a living-quarters to which a soldier is assigned to sleep. Historically, a billet was 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 billet is more commonly used in British English; United States standard terms are quarters, barracks, Single (Soldier) Housing or Family Housing.
A billet is generally defined as a place, usually a civilian's house or other lodging, where soldiers are assigned to stay temporarily. It can also refer to an official order to the owner to provide such lodgings. In a different context, a billet can also refer to a job or position within an organization, or a short, usually round bar of metal or a piece of wood produced from a log.
a small paper; a note; a short letter
a ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence
to direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses
a small stick of wood, as for firewood
a short bar of metal, as of gold or iron
an ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round
a strap which enters a buckle
a loop which receives the end of a buckled strap
a bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle
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".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bil′et, n. a little note or paper: a ticket assigning quarters to soldiers.—v.t. to quarter or lodge, as soldiers. [Fr.; dim. of Bill.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. Shelter for troops. 2. To quarter troops. 3. A personnel position or assignment that may be filled by one person.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The allowance to landlords for quartering men in the royal service; the lodging-money charged by consuls for the same.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
(Fr. Billet de logement). In England, is a ticket for quartering soldiers on publicans and others, which entitles each soldier, by act of Parliament, to candles, vinegar, and salt, with the use of fire and the necessary utensils for dressing and eating his meat. In the United States, no soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in the manner to be prescribed by law (Art. 3, Amendments to the Constitution of the United States).
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Billet is ranked #28829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Billet surname appeared 825 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Billet.
96.1% or 793 total occurrences were White.
1.4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.9% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
The numerical value of billet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of billet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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