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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After some cheering words to them, Weir went back to his billet and lay down.
▪ Fundamentalists are looking for a billet back before the Enlightenment.
▪ He said 99 percent of Air Force billets and 80 percent of Army billets are open to women.
▪ However, these will be one-piece in future, if the actual billets of maple are deep enough to allow it.
▪ It was the best way to make a snug billet for himself.
▪ The billet has to be highly dense and of high integrity and will be used to make new kilogram mass standards.
▪ We fixed up an old officers' billet and made our club.
▪ A little girl called Jeanne was billeted with us.
▪ As he stood there one of the Circle longhouses where Bragad's' Wares had been billeted began to blossom with flame.
▪ I was billeted in a block of flats in St John's Wood - luxurious before the lush fittings had been removed.
▪ I was billeted in Wolverton during the winter months, when the blackout was most restrictive.
▪ It was the old sea captain, in whose house Nils had billeted us, who told us.
▪ Mandeville and Southgate joined us, the soldiers who had accompanied us being billeted elsewhere.
▪ The meeting lasted two days and the competitors were billeted out in the homes of local schoolchildren.
▪ There was torchlight in the longhouse where Bragad's men were billeted.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Billard \Bil"lard\, n. (Zo["o]l.) An English fish, allied to the cod; the coalfish. [Written also billet and billit.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "to assign quarters to," earlier, as a noun, "official record or register" (Middle English), from Anglo-French billette "list, schedule," diminutive of bille (see bill (n.1)). Related: Billeted; billeting.


thick stick of wood, mid-15c., from Middle French billette, diminutive of bille "stick of wood" (see billiards).


"document, note;" see billet-doux.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A short informal letter. 2 A written order to quarter soldiers. Etymology 2

n. A place where a soldier is assigned to lodge. vb. 1 (label en transitive of a householder etc.) To lodge soldiers, usually by order. 2 (label en intransitive of a soldier) To lodge, or be quartered, in a private house. 3 (label en transitive) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Etymology 3

n. 1 metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal 2 a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood 3 (context heraldiccharge English) A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon 4 (context architecture English) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round. 5 (context saddlery English) A strap which enters a buckle. 6 A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.

  1. n. a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there" [syn: note, short letter, line]

  2. lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)

  3. a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, place, situation]

  4. v. provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, canton]


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 (Soldier) Housing" or "Family Housing".

Billet (disambiguation)

A billet is the place where a person is assigned to sleep.

Billet may also refer to:

  • Billet (semi-finished product), a semi-finished cast or rolled product
  • Billet (tack), the straps on an English saddle to which the girth is buckled
  • Bar stock or billet
  • Billet (wood), a piece of timber prepared to be split.
  • Billet (heraldry), a rectangular charge (shape) on a coat of arms in heraldry

Usage examples of "billet".

We land on the airfield to the north and are billeted outside the city.

The next moment some one struck him upon the head with a belaying-pin or a billet of wood, a blow so crushing that the darkness seemed to split asunder with a prodigious flaming of lights and a myriad of circling stars, which presently disappeared into the profound and utter darkness of insensibility.

The Civil Service regulations do not permit of duelling at present, and I found it so deuced hard to work up to the billet that I am not going to imperil my continuance therein.

After breakfast, Sergeant Major Gabbard had the teams square away their billeting area, then he took them into the hangar next door to show them the Global Hawk.

Nanette, who had watched for my coming, dexterously conveyed to my hand a billet, requesting me to find a moment to read it before leaving the house.

The opening paragraph asks questions which do not have answers except in the philosophy Jacques has inherited from his Captain, who believed that every bullet has its billet.

That evening, at the osteria in Granezza, where Luca was billeted for the time being, Daniel met a young woman called Laura, who lived in Padua but was helping the Italian war effort because she spoke French and enjoyed being in the mountains.

Hairy Mike Dunne came swaggering across the stage, his iron billet in hand.

The French aviators at one time dropped long steel billets or arrows which had swedged heads and sharpened points.

Henry and I, moneyless and unsalaried, had billeted ourselves upon our brother-in-law, Mr.

If you help, I think I can persuade the Captain and the Wanax that they owe you one, like maybe letting you billet some of your people in the castle.

The Bletch is our local groundskeeper, ancillary services and so forth, the man who sprinkles the potted palms in the background and arranges for the billeting of transients such as yourself.

I have my regiment billeted at Marlock, and am on my way across England to Hull, there to join General Wade.

She said that the one in the harbor has an armory, and that there are three companies billeted there, and none of the patroller rankers can have consorts.

Reluctantly, Quent went off with Pomeroy to the Midbase station offices, where they found one billet for a female only.