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billboard1

[bil-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbɪlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
a flat surface or board, usually outdoors, on which large advertisements or notices are posted.
verb (used with object)
2.
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
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; bill1 + board

billboard2

[bil-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbɪlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Nautical.
Origin
First recorded in 1855-60; bill3 + board
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  • He spotted a billboard one man was wearing, and his eyes focused sharply on it.

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  • On every billboard and in all the newspapers were to be seen appeals to save food.

  • It would be a change to see someone on a billboard with his mouth shut.

  • You'd better go to the end of the billboard, Carl, and watch the street.

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  • In front of the billboard he was stopped by Matt, Ferral and some one else.

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British Dictionary definitions for billboard

billboard1

/ˈbɪlˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
another name for hoarding
Word Origin
C19: from bill1 + board

billboard2

/ˈbɪlˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing an anchor
Word Origin
C19: from bill² + board
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Word Origin and History for billboard
n.

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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