- 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
Related Words for billetingprovide, settle, entertain, shelter, house, billet, domicile, canton, accommodate, harbor, place, board, install, lodge, station, post, establish, bunk, domiciliate, quarter
Examples from the Web for billeting
Historical Examples of billeting
Gustavus should be given the right of billeting whenever it were necessary.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
This village was the billeting center for the 2nd Battalion of the regiment.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
When we were at Dranoutre one of them used to hang over our billeting place.The Emma Gees
Herbert Wes McBride
We missed our billeting party in the darkness, for it was intense.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie
George Brenton Laurie
Captain M. had preceded us to Berles as the billeting officer.Fighting the Boche Underground
Harry Davis Trounce
- 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
Word Origin for billet
- 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 for billet
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.