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.
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.
- bil·let·er, noun
- un·bil·let·ed, adjective
Other definitions for billet (2 of 2)
a small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, especially one cut for fuel.
Metalworking. a comparatively narrow, generally square, bar of steel, especially one rolled or forged from an ingot; a narrow bloom.
an iron or steel slab upon concrete, serving as a footing to a column.
Architecture. any of a series of closely spaced cylindrical objects, often in several rows, used as ornaments in a hollow molding or cornice.
a strap that passes through a buckle, as to connect the ends of a girth.
a pocket or loop for securing the end of a strap that has been buckled.
Heraldry. a small, rectangular figure with the longer sides generally vertical, said to represent a block of wood.
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How to use billet in a sentence
The equipment of the Boy Scout on billeting duty consists of a piece of white chalk and a menacing demeanour.
Our billeting parties had, of course, been sent ahead and started on their work.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade | Edward Lord Gleichen
We were off by 7.30, and were by way of billeting at a place called Bthisy, on the south-west edge of the forest of Compigne.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade | Edward Lord Gleichen
Footnote 12: Billeting-money—that is, money to pay for lodgings at private houses.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775 | Abraham Tomlinson
There was no trouble whatever in billeting the men—the townsmen were quarrelling as to who should have them.War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for billet (1 of 2)
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
- billetee, noun
- billeter, noun
British Dictionary definitions for billet (2 of 2)
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
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