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  1. 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.
  2. advertising; publicity: The show was a sellout weeks ahead of the opening because of advance billing.
  3. the amount of business done by a firm, especially an advertising agency, within a specified period of time.
  4. an act or instance of preparing or sending out a bill or invoice.
  5. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of billings

  • Mr. Billings blushed slightly, and seemed at a loss what to answer.

  • And all the while the horn was a-honkin', and Billings was a-screechin, and the sand was a-flyin'.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • When I woke up I started out to hunt the automobile and Billings.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Billings's eye lighted on Shorty, with an expression of having seen him somewhere.

  • Figure 16 (after Billings) shows an English device intended for the same purpose.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

British Dictionary definitions for billings


  1. theatre the relative importance of a performer or act as reflected in the prominence given in programmes, advertisements, etc
  2. mainly US and Canadian public notice or advertising (esp in the phrase advance billing)
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Word Origin and History for billings



1875, "announcement on a bill or poster," verbal noun from bill (v.); hence top billing (1928). Meaning "act of sending out a bill" is recorded from 1908.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper