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[bil-it] /ˈbɪl ɪt/
noun
1.
lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
2.
Military. an official order, written or verbal, directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide such lodging.
3.
a place assigned, as a bunk, berth, or the like, to a member of a ship's crew.
4.
job; position; appointment.
5.
Archaic. a written note, short letter, or the like.
verb (used with object), billeted, billeting.
6.
Military. to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
7.
to provide lodging for; quarter:
We arranged with the townspeople to billet the students.
verb (used without object), billeted, billeting.
8.
to obtain lodging; stay:
They billeted in youth hostels.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English bylet, billett official register < Anglo-French billette, Old French bullette, equivalent to bulle bill1 + -ette -ette
Related forms
billeter, noun
unbilleted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for billeting

billet1

/ˈbɪlɪt/
noun
1.
accommodation, esp for a soldier, in civilian lodgings
2.
the official requisition for such lodgings
3.
a space or berth allocated, esp for slinging a hammock, in a ship
4.
(informal) a job
5.
(archaic) a brief letter or document
verb -lets, -leting, -leted
6.
(transitive) to assign a lodging to (a soldier)
7.
(transitive) (informal) to assign to a post or job
8.
to lodge or be lodged
Derived Forms
billetee, noun
billeter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French billette, from bulle a document; see bull³

billet2

/ˈbɪlɪt/
noun
1.
a chunk of wood, esp for fuel
2.
(metallurgy)
  1. a metal bar of square or circular cross section
  2. an ingot cast into the shape of a prism
3.
(architect) a carved ornament in a moulding, with short cylinders or blocks evenly spaced
Word Origin
C15: from Old French billette a little log, from bille log, probably of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for billeting

billet

v.

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.

n.

thick stick of wood, mid-15c., from Middle French billette, diminutive of bille "stick of wood" (see billiards).

"document, note;" see billet-doux.

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