1 [bil-bawrd, -bohrd]
a flat surface or board, usually outdoors, on which large advertisements or notices are posted.
verb (used with object)
to place, advertise, proclaim, etc., on or as if on a billboard: The movie was billboarded as the year's biggest hit.

1850–55, Americanism; bill1 + board Unabridged


2 [bil-bawrd, -bohrd]
noun Nautical.

1855–60; bill3 + board Unabridged
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billboard1 (ˈbɪlˌbɔːd)
another name for hoarding
[C19: from bill1 + board]

billboard2 (ˈbɪlˌbɔːd)
a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing an anchor
[C19: from bill² + board]

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Word Origin & History

1851, Amer.Eng., from bill (1) + board. Any sort of board where bills were meant to be posted.
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Example sentences
Apply for a permit for a billboard, building sign, or awning.
Turner was thirty years old and had inherited a billboard business from his
  father, which was doing fine.
In theory, you stumble across this code on a billboard on a magazine page and
  you point your smartphone at it.
Or, plaster your face on a billboard or the side of a building.
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