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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Uber, by comparison, had $37 billion in gross bookings last year. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Lyft’s Valuation Doubles to $15.1 Billion Over One Year in Battle With Uber," 27 June 2018 The three-day sale launched May 15 and was prompted by a drop in bookings after a midair engine explosion killed a passenger. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Southwest Airlines 3-day fall fare sale: Flights from $49," 5 June 2018 The slowdown is thanks to a decrease in spending on subsidizing rides through driver incentives and promotions, and a simultaneous increase in bookings. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Uber Pawns the Silverware to Turn a Profit," 24 May 2018 Southwest Airlines as just announced a surprise summer sale over the next four days, a rare move as the airline tries to bounce back from a fatal accident in April that has resulted in lower bookings. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Southwest Airlines kicks off 4-day summer sale," 15 May 2018 Hotels and activity businesses are reporting a 15% to 50% decrease in bookings for June, July and August. Susannah Cullinane And Holly Yan, CNN, "Hawaii's tourism industry gets walloped by relentless volcano," 14 May 2018 Deadwood, South Dakota Another city that Priceline's seen more interest in is New Orleans, with a 150 percent increase in bookings for Memorial Day weekend. CBS News, "Priceline CEO talks top U.S. destinations, evolution of the travel industry," 4 May 2018 The warrant was for attempted homicide, however, at the time of booking into the Harris County Jail it was upgraded to Murder. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Report," 30 Apr. 2018 Last year, events held at the convention center generated more than $500,000 in business, such as room bookings, for other village hotels, according to village manager Dave Niemeyer. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Tinley Park works on tax breaks for prospective new owner of hotel," 21 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

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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