billing

[ bil-ing ]
/ ˈbɪl ɪŋ /

noun

the relative position in which a performer or act is listed on handbills, posters, etc.: A star usually receives billing above the title of the play.
advertising; publicity: The show was a sellout weeks ahead of the opening because of advance billing.
the amount of business done by a firm, especially an advertising agency, within a specified period of time.
an act or instance of preparing or sending out a bill or invoice.
the total amount of the cost of goods or services billed to a customer, usually covering purchases made or services rendered within a specified period of time.

Origin of billing

First recorded in 1870–75; bill1 + -ing1

Definition for billing (2 of 3)

bill

1
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of bill

1
1300–50; Middle English bille < Anglo-French < Anglo-Latin billa for Late Latin bulla bull2

Related forms

bill·er, noun

Definition for billing (3 of 3)

bill

2
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

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

2
before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3
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British Dictionary definitions for billing (1 of 5)

billing

/ (ˈbɪlɪŋ) /

noun

theatre the relative importance of a performer or act as reflected in the prominence given in programmes, advertisements, etc
mainly US and Canadian public notice or advertising (esp in the phrase advance billing)

British Dictionary definitions for billing (2 of 5)

bill

1
/ (bɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for bill

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

British Dictionary definitions for billing (3 of 5)

bill

2
/ (bɪl) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for billing (4 of 5)

bill

3
/ (bɪl) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for billing (5 of 5)

bill

4
/ (bɪl) /

noun

ornithol another word for boom 1 (def. 4)

Word Origin for bill

C18: from dialect beel bell ² (vb)
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Idioms and Phrases with billing

bill


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

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