Meaning of BILL in English


I. ˈbil noun

Etymology: Middle English bile, from Old English; akin to Old English bill

Date: before 12th century

1. : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering

2. : a mouthpart (as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill

3. : the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

4. : the visor of a cap or hood


bill 1: 1 spoonbill, 2 duck, 3 parrot, 4 flamingo, 5 eagle, 6 finch, 7 pelican, 8 hummingbird, 9 ibis


II. intransitive verb

Date: 1584

1. : to touch and rub bill to bill

2. : to caress affectionately

bill ing and cooing

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English bil, from Old English bill sword; akin to Old High German bill pickax

Date: 14th century

1. : a weapon in use up to the 18th century that consists of a long staff ending in a hook-shaped blade

2. : billhook

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French bille, from Medieval Latin billa, perhaps alteration of bulla, papal seal, bull — more at bull

Date: 14th century

1. : an itemized list or a statement of particulars (as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew)

2. : a written document or note

3. obsolete : a formal petition


a. : an itemized account of the separate cost of goods sold, services performed, or work done : invoice

b. : an amount expended or owed

c. : a statement of charges for food or drink : check


a. : a written or printed advertisement posted or otherwise distributed to announce an event of interest to the public ; especially : an announcement of a theatrical entertainment

b. : a programmed presentation (as a motion picture, play, or concert)

6. : a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment ; also : the law itself

the GI bill

7. : a declaration in writing stating a wrong a complainant has suffered from a defendant or stating a breach of law by some person

a bill of complaint


a. : a piece of paper money

b. : an individual or commercial note

bill s receivable

c. slang : one hundred dollars

- fill the bill

V. transitive verb

Date: 14th century


a. : to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges)

b. : to submit a bill of charges to

c. : to enter (as freight) in a waybill

d. : to issue a bill of lading to or for

2. : to announce (as a performance) especially by posters or placards

3. : advertise , promote

the book is bill ed as a “report” — P. G. Altbach

• bill·able adjective

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