book·​ing | \ ˈbu̇-kiŋ \

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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The technology streamlines communications between carriers and their customers, scrubbing inefficiencies from what often appears to be a dense and complicated freight-booking process. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Truck Technology Startup Raises $97 Million for Port Freight Plan," 23 Jan. 2019 Head to San Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina, where bookings went up 186 percent. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "These Ski Destinations Are on the Rise, According to Airbnb," 16 Jan. 2019 This is the first booking from my modeling agency in the month since my dad died. Isobella Jade, SELF, "Carrying My Father's Memory, and His Coffee Cup," 18 Oct. 2018 The San Joaquin County sheriff's department shared his booking photo this afternoon. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Coach in custody after missing teen found safe; pair had 'romantic relationship,' authorities say," 31 Aug. 2018 The booking photo, however, does confirm one detail: Manafort will have to wear the same uniform as the rest of the inmates. NBC News, "Paul Manafort sports jailhouse jumpsuit, scruff at new lockup," 12 July 2018 Dolezal, who now goes by Nkechi Diallo, reported to the Spokane County jail for a procedural booking photo and fingerprints, and was then released, KREM reports., "Rachel Dolezal Has Been Booked And Released From Jail Over Welfare Fraud Charges," 3 July 2018 His jail booking photo has not been released pending further investigation. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Savage kicks at homeless man sleeping on S.F. sidewalk sends man to jail, cops say," 19 June 2018 The airline’s booking website showed flights available three times a week—the same frequency as before last year’s suspension—for 2,360 yuan ($368). Josh Chin, WSJ, "The Skies Just Got Friendlier Over North Korea and China," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of booking

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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