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[bil-bawrd, -bohrd]
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  1. a flat surface or board, usually outdoors, on which large advertisements or notices are posted.
verb (used with object)
  1. to place, advertise, proclaim, etc., on or as if on a billboard: The movie was billboarded as the year's biggest hit.

Origin of billboard1

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bill1 + board


[bil-bawrd, -bohrd]
noun Nautical.
  1. anchor bed.

Origin of billboard2

First recorded in 1855–60; bill3 + board
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  1. another name for hoarding

Word Origin

C19: from bill 1 + board


  1. a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing an anchor

Word Origin

C19: from bill ² + board
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Word Origin and History for billboard


1845, American English, from bill (n.1) + board (n.1). Any sort of board where bills were meant to be posted. Billboard magazine founded 1894, originally a trade paper for the bill-posting industry. Its music sales charts date from 1930s.

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