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 Bail for his March 7 booking was set at $50,000, and he was released five days later -- just a few days after his first court appearance, according to records. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Minnesota bank hostage suspect had previous arrests, was released in March despite $50,000 bail: court records," 8 May 2021 About 1,500 visitors have already showed up on the day of the reopening, and another 1,000 visitors per day have made their booking until the end of 2021. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, "Italian Museums Open Again: The Big Plan To Restart The Cultural Sector," 6 May 2021 Passengers who schedule a test directly through the platform will see their results automatically uploaded to their flight booking. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "United Customers Can Now Schedule COVID-19 Tests, Be Cleared to Fly in Airline's 'Travel Ready' App," 22 Apr. 2021 Guests who pay their booking in full by February 1, 2021, will receive an additional 10 percent savings off the base cruise fare. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Cruise Deals," 26 Nov. 2020 After his booking at the Camden Police Department, Worthen will be transported to the Ouachita County jail where he will be arraigned Friday. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Suspect in slayings of mother, her son extradited to Arkansas," 15 Oct. 2020 California’s vaccination appointment booking system will release its 8.0 version on Thursday as the state opens up eligibility to everyone over 16. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 8-14, 2021," 15 Apr. 2021 The region’s booking system had failed to set up appointments with older residents, leaving more than 500 doses of vaccine at risk of going to waste. New York Times, "Supply Isn’t the Only Thing Stymying Europe’s Vaccine Rollout," 25 Mar. 2021 But with a national vaccine supply shortage and a decentralized, online booking system, many Marylanders — especially older adults, people without computers and those lacking digital skills — have struggled to secure appointments. Hallie Miller,, "Maryland disability rights group dismisses lawsuit against Baltimore City, Garrett County for alleged vaccine discrimination," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of booking

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2021

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“Booking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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