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Dictionary Definition

billet

Noun

1 a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there" [syn: note, short letter, line]
2 lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
3 a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, place, situation] v : provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, canton]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a place where a soldier is assigned to lodge
  2. metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal
  3. a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood
  4. A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon

Verb

  1. In the context of "of a householder etc": to lodge soldiers, usually by order
  2. In the context of "of a soldier": to lodge, or be quartered, in a private house

Translations

to lodge soldiers in a private house

French

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/bi.jɛ/
  • SAMPA: /bi.jE/

Noun

billet m

Extensive Definition

A billet is the US term for quarters, which is a place to which a person, generally a soldier, is assigned to sleep. In the European countries since formation of regular forces the Quartermaster was an occupation and a rank of the individuals responsible for provision of sleeping quarters as well as other provisions for regular time troops. Soldiers are generally billeted in barracks or garrisons when not on combat duty, although in some armies soldiers with families are permitted to maintain a home off-post. Used for a building, the term is more commonly used in British English; United States standard terms are quarters, barracks, "Single (Soldier) Housing" or "Family Housing". The expression 'billet' is also used for an exchange student.
One of the major grievances of the American colonists against the British government which led to the American Revolutionary War was the quartering of soldiers in civilian homes. As a result, the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution provides restrictions on the manner in which the Federal government of the United States may require civilians to provide housing for American soldiers.
In Spain the noble officers of royal tercios were billeted in the homes of the affluent and well-to-do of the cities/towns they were stationed in. This usage is employed as a plot device in the Barber of Seville.
During wartime, civilians who have been evacuated from a city in danger of attack are billetted in communal shelters or in the homes of individuals. The practice of billetting evacuees was widespread in Britain during World War II, particularly during the Blitz, when children and other non-essential persons in major cities were sent to rural areas for safety.

United States usage

Billet can also mean a personnel position, assignment, or duty station which may be filled by one person, commonly used by the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. It may also refer in all the armed forces to the individual bunk or bed.
Billet can also refer to the position and weapons of the members of a unit. For example, the billets of a fireteam include a fireteam leader (M16), a rifleman (M16), an automatic rifleman (M249), and an assistant automatic rifleman (M16).

Motorcycle Parts

Billet is also used commonly to describe motorcycle (or other) parts machined from a bar of metal (or billet), differentiating parts manufactured this way from those cast in a mold.

References

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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