Word of the Day Archive
Thursday August 11, 2011
1. To provide or obtain lodging.
2. To direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
1. Lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
2. A small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, especially one cut for fuel.
If you do not billet my officers upon free quarters this day, I'll order here all the troops in North America.
-- Francis Parkman, David Levin, France and England in North America
Now worn, harassed, and overworked, he could give Smith-Dorrien no news of Haig's Corps which was expected to billet that night at Landrecies, twelve miles east of Le Cateau.
-- Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, The Guns of August
Billet stems from the French billet, "official register." The word relates to the English bill.