book·​ing | \ ˈbu̇-kiŋ How to pronounce booking (audio) \

Definition of booking

1 : the act of one that books
2 : an engagement or scheduled performance

Examples of booking in a Sentence

She has several concert bookings this fall. The comedian missed some bookings because of illness. All booking is done by the band's manager.
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Recent Examples on the Web Its global gross bookings for rides was down around 80% in recent weeks, tech news site the Information reported Tuesday. Lizette Chapman,, "Lyft Pulls 2020 Forecast, Following a Similar Move by Uber," 5 May 2020 Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Carnival Cruises have canceled all their bookings through the middle of the summer, though reservations are reportedly up for 2021. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 20 Apr. 2020 Future bookings were starting to drop for April and May, and cancellations were coming in for March. Sara Lieberman, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: What social distancing means for a walking tour business," 26 Mar. 2020 And Summerfest has one of the most complicated booking processes of any festival in the world, scheduling 800 acts across 11 days each year. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee postponed to September due to coronavirus pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 Those who wish to cancel can do so without penalty; they’ll be given a full refund as well as 25 percent credit toward a future booking. Sarah Firshein, New York Times, "Cruises and the Coronavirus: What Travelers Need to Know," 16 Mar. 2020 He was arrested in Trinity — a small town about 90 miles north of Houston — around noon on Tuesday, booking records on the Harris County district clerk’s website indicate. Mark Dunphy,, "Megachurch pastor’s brother arrested in sexual abuse case," 30 Jan. 2020 Rumah Byrapaka, 24, of Evans was arrested Thursday on charges of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Office booking records. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Georgia middle school teacher accused of molesting student faces deportation," 22 Jan. 2020 Facial recognition, which is driven by artificial intelligence, allows officers to compare images of people’s faces to photos in government databases — mugshots, jail booking records, driver’s licenses. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "New federal bill would restrict police use of facial recognition," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of booking

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of booking was in 1790

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Booking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of booking

: an arrangement for a person or group (such as a singer or band) to perform at a particular place
: an arrangement to have something (such as a room) held for your use at a later time
British, soccer : the act of officially recording the name of a player who has broken the rules in a game



Legal Definition of booking

: a procedure at a jail or police station following an arrest in which information about the arrest (as the time, the name of the arrested person, and the crime for which the arrest was made) is entered in the police register

Note: The arrested person is usually photographed and fingerprinted at the time of the booking.

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