1. Josh, pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw.
  2. William,1746–1800, U.S. composer noted for his hymns.
  3. a city in S Montana.


  1. the relative position in which a performer or act is listed on handbills, posters, etc.: A star usually receives billing above the title of the play.
  2. advertising; publicity: The show was a sellout weeks ahead of the opening because of advance billing.
  3. the amount of business done by a firm, especially an advertising agency, within a specified period of time.
  4. an act or instance of preparing or sending out a bill or invoice.
  5. the total amount of the cost of goods or services billed to a customer, usually covering purchases made or services rendered within a specified period of time.


  1. theatre the relative importance of a performer or act as reflected in the prominence given in programmes, advertisements, etc
  2. mainly US and Canadian public notice or advertising (esp in the phrase advance billing)

1875, “announcement on a bill or poster,” verbal noun from bill (v.); hence top billing (1928). Meaning “act of sending out a bill” is recorded from 1908.

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