- having a bill or beak, especially one of a specified kind, shape, color, etc. (usually used in combination): a yellow-billed magpie.
Origin of billed
- a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
- a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
- Government. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
- bill of exchange.
- a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
- any written paper containing a statement of particulars: a bill of expenditures.
- Law. a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
- Slang. one hundred dollars: The job pays five bills a week.
- entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
- a promissory note.
- a written and sealed document.
- a written, formal petition.
- to charge for by bill; send a bill to: The store will bill me.
- to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of: to bill goods.
- to advertise by bill or public notice: A new actor was billed for this week.
- to schedule on a program: The management billed the play for two weeks.
- fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.
Origin of bill1
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- the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
- the visor of a cap or other head covering.
- a beaklike promontory or headland.
- to join bills or beaks, as doves.
- bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments, as lovers: My sister and her boyfriend were billing and cooing on the front porch.
Origin of bill2
Examples from the Web for billed
If you read the reactions, she was billed as ‘Beauty and Brains.’Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
The entire weekend was billed as a celebration of “the cultural community inspired by the legacy of Hip Hop [sic].”It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
It was billed as a performance by “two of the biggest stars in musical history,” and fans were not disappointed.Michael Jackson's Crazy Billboard Awards Performance and More Hologram Wins and Fails (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast
May 19, 2014
The event where Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy this week was billed as “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation.”Can Hillary Clinton Count on Women This Time?
April 19, 2014
Billed by the curators as a “dialogue,” the show is ultimately more like two voices communing in completely matched unison.Mapplethorpe’s Artistic Twin
April 8, 2014
Cattle are placed in Class II, and are billed at actual weight.The Railroad Question
It is to be put in rehearsal on Monday, and billed for Monday-week.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
That was the consignee of the strangest shipment ever billed out of Ascalon.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
The goods might be billed for Ontario; Quebec collected the tax.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
"We are billed to stay there some time longer," replied Goddard confidently.The Lost Despatch
Natalie Sumner Lincoln
- money owed for goods or services suppliedan electricity bill
- a written or printed account or statement of money owed
- mainly British such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etcUsual US and Canadian word: check
- any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programmewho's on the bill tonight?
- fit the bill or fill the bill informal to serve or perform adequately
- a statute in draft, before it becomes law
- a printed notice or advertisement; poster
- US and Canadian a piece of paper money; note
- an obsolete name for promissory note
- law See bill of indictment
- See bill of exchange
- See bill of fare
- archaic any document
- to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
- to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
- to advertise by posters
- to schedule as a future programmethe play is billed for next week
- the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
- any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
- a narrow promontoryPortland Bill
- nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
- (of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
- (of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
- a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
- short for billhook
- ornithol another word for boom 1 (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for billed
"written statement," mid-14c., from Anglo-French bille, Anglo-Latin billa "list," from Medieval Latin bulla "decree, seal, sealed document," in classical Latin "bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck" (hence "seal;" see bull (n.2)). Sense of "account, invoice" first recorded c.1400; that of "order to pay" (technically bill of exchange) is from 1570s; that of "paper money" is from 1660s. Meaning "draft of an act of Parliament" is from 1510s.
"bird's beak," Old English bill "bill, bird's beak," related to bill, a poetic word for a kind of sword (especially one with a hooked blade), from a common Germanic word for cutting or chopping weapons (cf. Old High German bihal, Old Norse bilda "hatchet," Old Saxon bil "sword"), from PIE root *bheie- "to cut, to strike" (cf. Armenian bir "cudgel," Greek phitos "block of wood," Old Church Slavonic biti "to strike," Old Irish biail "ax"). Used also in Middle English of beak-like projections of land (e.g. Portland Bill).
ancient weapon, Old English bill "sword (especially one with a hooked blade), chopping tool," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon bil "sword," Middle Dutch bile, Dutch bijl, Old High German bihal, German Beil, Old Norse bilda "hatchet." See bill (n.2).