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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bill2, -ed3
Related formsun·billed, adjective
Can be confusedbilled build




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.
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.
  1. a promissory note.
  2. a written and sealed document.
  3. a written, formal petition.

verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of bill

1300–50; Middle English bille < Anglo-French < Anglo-Latin billa for Late Latin bulla bull2
Related formsbill·er, noun

Synonyms for bill




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.

verb (used without object)

to join bills or beaks, as doves.

Origin of bill

before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for billed

Contemporary Examples of billed

Historical Examples of billed

  • Cattle are placed in Class II, and are billed at actual weight.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • 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.

  • "We are billed to stay there some time longer," replied Goddard confidently.

    The Lost Despatch

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for billed




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
archaic any document

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for bill

C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull ³




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

verb (intr)

(of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
(of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously

Word Origin for bill

Old English bile; related to bill bill ³




a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
short for billhook

Word Origin for bill

Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe




ornithol another word for boom 1 (def. 4)

Word Origin for bill

C18: from dialect beel bell ² (vb)
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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).



"to send someone a bill of charge," 1864, from bill (n.1). Related: Billed; billing.



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with billed


see clean bill of health; fill the bill; foot the bill; sell a bill of goods.

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