Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the entertainment offered at a public presentation
  2. (noun, animal) horny projecting mouth of a bird
  3. (noun, artifact) a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
  4. (noun, artifact) a long-handled saw with a curved blade
  5. (noun, communication) a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
  6. (noun, communication) an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered
    send me an account of what I owe
  7. (noun, communication) a statute in draft before it becomes law
  8. (noun, communication) a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
  9. (noun, communication) an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  10. (noun, possession) a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
  11. (verb, communication) advertise especially by posters or placards
  12. (verb, communication) publicize or announce by placards
  13. (verb, possession) demand payment
    We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bill

  1. "written statement," mid-14c., from Anglo-L. billa "list," from M.L. bulla "decree, seal, sealed document," in classical L. "bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck" (hence "seal;" see bull (2)). Sense of "account, invoice" first recorded c.1400; that of "order to pay" (technically bill of exchange) is from 1570s; that of "paper money" is from 1660s. Meanin… more
  2. "bird's beak," O.E., related to bill, a poetic word for "a kind of sword" (especially one with a hooked blade), from a common Germanic word for cutting or chopping weapons (cf. O.H.G. bihal, O.N. bilda "hatchet," O.S. bil "sword"), from PIE base *bheie- "to cut, to strike." Used also in M.E. of beak-like projections of land. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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