Definition of billet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

billet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they billet
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪt//
 
he / she / it billets
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪts//
 
past simple billeted
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪtɪd//
 
past participle billeted
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪtɪd//
 
-ing form billeting
BrE BrE//ˈbɪlɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪlɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, usually passive] + adv./prep. to send soldiers to live somewhere temporarily, especially in private houses during a war The troops were billeted in the town with local families. Word Origin late Middle English (originally denoting a short written document): from Anglo-Norman French billette, diminutive of bille, probably based on medieval Latin bulla ‘seal, sealed document’. The verb is recorded in the late 16th cent., and the noun sense, ‘a written order requiring a householder to lodge the bearer, usually a soldier’, from the mid 17th cent.; hence the current meaning.
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