billboard

1
[ bil-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈbɪlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun

a flat surface or board, usually outdoors, on which large advertisements or notices are posted.

verb (used with object)

to place, advertise, proclaim, etc., on or as if on a billboard: The movie was billboarded as the year's biggest hit.

Nearby words

  1. bill of sale,
  2. billable,
  3. billabong,
  4. billander,
  5. billbergia,
  6. billbug,
  7. billed,
  8. biller,
  9. billerica,
  10. billet

Origin of billboard

1
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bill1 + board

billboard

2
[ bil-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈbɪlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun Nautical.

Origin of billboard

2
First recorded in 1855–60; bill3 + board

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British Dictionary definitions for billboard

billboard

1
/ (ˈbɪlˌbɔːd) /

noun

another name for hoarding

Word Origin for billboard

C19: from bill 1 + board

noun

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

Word Origin for billboard

C19: from bill ² + board

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Word Origin and History for billboard

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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