A Billet has several definitions, however, primarily the term was used denote a soldier (or soldiers) quarters in a private house and various other civilian buildings. It also included less desirable shelter such as barns, outbuildings and even temporary shelters. A billet is also an official order, verbal or in writing, that directs the addressee of households and inns etc., to provide their lodgings for military personnel. Also familiarly, a job, a position and/or appointment, e.g., Staff billet.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.22.
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