- lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
- Military. an official order, written or verbal, directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide such lodging.
- a place assigned, as a bunk, berth, or the like, to a member of a ship's crew.
- job; position; appointment.
- Archaic. a written note, short letter, or the like.
- Military. to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
- to provide lodging for; quarter: We arranged with the townspeople to billet the students.
- to obtain lodging; stay: They billeted in youth hostels.
Origin of billet1
Examples from the Web for billeted
He was billeted with a Fourth Division infantry unit floating a few miles out in the Channel.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
The oddest of all was finding Sim Jones billeted in the same prison.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
I am billeted with very decent folk, extremely devout Catholics.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
We regard them as shy visitors—though are we not billeted on them?
"We were billeted three doors away," said Archibald, and paused.The Adventures of Harry Revel
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
By the end of the day we had sworn in and billeted over 130 men.
- accommodation, esp for a soldier, in civilian lodgings
- the official requisition for such lodgings
- a space or berth allocated, esp for slinging a hammock, in a ship
- informal a job
- archaic a brief letter or document
- (tr) to assign a lodging to (a soldier)
- (tr) informal to assign to a post or job
- to lodge or be lodged
- a chunk of wood, esp for fuel
- a metal bar of square or circular cross section
- an ingot cast into the shape of a prism
- architect a carved ornament in a moulding, with short cylinders or blocks evenly spaced
Word Origin and History for billeted
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.