billet

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bylet, from Anglo-Norman billette (list, schedule).

Noun[edit]

billet (plural billets)

  1. A short informal letter.
  2. A written order to quarter soldiers.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle French billette (schedule), from bullette, diminutive form of bulle (document), from Medieval Latin bulla (document).

Noun[edit]

billet (plural billets)

  1. A place where a soldier is assigned to lodge.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 9 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      17 June 1940: Prime Minister Pétain requests armistice. Germans use the Foucaults’ holiday home as officers’ billet. Foucault steals firewood for school from collaborationist militia. Foucault does well at school, but messes up his summer exams in 1940.

Verb[edit]

billet (third-person singular simple present billets, present participle billeting or billetting, simple past and past participle billeted or billetted)

  1. (transitive, of a householder etc) to lodge soldiers, usually by order
    • Washington Irving
      Billeted in so antiquated a mansion.
  2. (intransitive, of a soldier) to lodge, or be quartered, in a private house
  3. (transitive) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Old French billette, from bille (log, tree trunk), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, probably of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish bile (tree)).

Noun[edit]

billet (plural billets)

  1. metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal
  2. a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood
    • Shakespeare
      They shall beat out my brains with billets.
  3. (heraldry) A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon
  4. (architecture) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
  5. (saddlery) A strap which enters a buckle.
  6. A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French billet.

Noun[edit]

billet c (singular definite billetten, plural indefinite billetter)

  1. ticket (admission to entertainment, pass for transportation)

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French[edit]

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billet m (plural billets)

  1. ticket
  2. note, banknote

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