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.

1870–75; bill1 + -ing1 Unabridged


1 [bil]
a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
Government. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
any written paper containing a statement of particulars: a bill of expenditures.
Law. a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
Slang. one hundred dollars: The job pays five bills a week.
entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
a written and sealed document.
a written, formal petition.
verb (used with object)
to charge for by bill; send a bill to: The store will bill me.
to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of: to bill goods.
to advertise by bill or public notice: A new actor was billed for this week.
to schedule on a program: The management billed the play for two weeks.
fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.

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

biller, noun

1. reckoning, invoice, statement. 5. bulletin, handbill, poster, placard, announcement, circular, throwaway, flyer, broadside.


2 [bil]
the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak. See diag. under bird.
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.
bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments, as lovers: My sister and her boyfriend were billing and cooing on the front porch.

before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3 Unabridged
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bill1 (bɪl)
1.  money owed for goods or services supplied: an electricity bill
2.  a written or printed account or statement of money owed
3.  chiefly (Brit) Usual US and Canadian word: check such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etc
4.  any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programme: who's on the bill tonight?
5.  informal fit the bill, fill the bill to serve or perform adequately
6.  a statute in draft, before it becomes law
7.  a printed notice or advertisement; poster
8.  (US), (Canadian) a piece of paper money; note
9.  an obsolete name for promissory note
10.  law See bill of indictment
11.  See bill of exchange
12.  See bill of fare
13.  archaic any document
14.  to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
15.  to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
16.  to advertise by posters
17.  to schedule as a future programme: the play is billed for next week
[C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull³]

bill2 (bɪl)
1.  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
2.  any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
3.  a narrow promontory: Portland Bill
4.  nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
5.  (of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
6.  (of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
[Old English bile; related to billbill³]

bill3 (bɪl)
1.  a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
2.  short for billhook
[Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe]

bill4 (bɪl)
ornithol another word for boom
[C18: from dialect beelbell² (vb)]

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

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Word Origin & History

"written statement," mid-14c., from Anglo-L. billa "list," from M.L. bulla "decree, seal, sealed document," in classical L. "bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck" (hence "seal;" see bull (2)). Sense of "account, invoice" first recorded c.1400; that of "order to pay" (technically
bill of exchange) is from 1570s; that of "paper money" is from 1660s. Meaning "draft of an act of Parliament" is from 1510s. The verb meaning "to send someone a bill of charge" is from 1867.

"bird's beak," O.E., related to bill, a poetic word for "a kind of sword" (especially one with a hooked blade), from a common Germanic word for cutting or chopping weapons (cf. O.H.G. bihal, O.N. bilda "hatchet," O.S. bil "sword"), from PIE base *bheie- "to cut, to strike." Used also in M.E. of beak-like
projections of land.

1875, "announcement on a bill or poster," from bill (1); hence top billing (1928). Meaning "act of sending out a bill" is recorded from 1908.
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Example sentences
Your account number is located on each billing you receive.
We need you to verify your billing and shipping information.
There were a couple followup letters which discuss treatment possibilities and
  subsequent problems with appropriate billing codes.
Every time a case was resolved, the billing structure became more fractured and
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