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English Dictionary: billet by the DICT Development Group
6 results for billet
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there"
    Synonym(s): note, short letter, line, billet
  2. lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
  3. a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    Synonym(s): position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation
  1. provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, billet, canton]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Billet \Bil"let\, n.
      Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or
      ticket; berth; position. Also used fig. [Colloq.]
               The men who cling to easy billets ashore. --Harper's
               His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and
               there they rankle.                                 --Pall Mall

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Billet \Bil"let\, n. [F. billet, dim. of an OF. bille bill. See
      {Bill} a writing.]
      1. A small paper; a note; a short letter. [bd]I got your
            melancholy billet.[b8] --Sterne.
      2. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what
            house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Billard \Bil"lard\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      An English fish, allied to the cod; the coalfish. [Written
      also {billet} and {billit}.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Billet \Bil"let\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Billeted}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Billeting}.] [From {Billet} a ticket.] (Mil.)
      To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To
      quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.
               Billeted in so antiquated a mansion.      --W. Irving.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Billet \Bil"let\, n. [F. billette, bille, log; of unknown
      origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. {Billiards},
      1. A small stick of wood, as for firewood.
                     They shall beat out my brains with billets. --Shak.
      2. (Metal.) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
      3. (Arch.) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of
            wood either square or round.
      4. (Saddlery)
            (a) A strap which enters a buckle.
            (b) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
      5. (Her.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
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