book·​ing ˈbu̇-kiŋ How to pronounce booking (audio)
: the act of one that books
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of booking was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Booking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


: 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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