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

The downturn came after flight bookings for the months of April and May had been up 2.8% from the year-earlier period. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Fewer Americans traveling to Dominican Republic since tourist deaths," 25 June 2019 According to Airbnb, bookings for listings worth at least $1,000 per night ticked up over 60% in the past year. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "You can now rent a castle, ski lodge, or private island on Airbnb," 25 June 2019 Two oil tanker owners, DHT Holdings and Heidmar, have suspended new bookings for the Persian Gulf, industry media reported. NBC News, "Escalating tensions put U.S. and Iran on collision course, experts fear," 13 June 2019 In recent news, FOX13 reported a new scam that is targeting Airbnb customers as bookings for summer travel continue to increase. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Fake Booking Scam Targets Airbnb Accounts and Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars," 23 May 2019 Yuri Gasinsky picked up an early booking for a foul on Rodrigo Bentancur just outside the Russian penalty area, which gave Suarez the opportunity to drill a free kick low to Igor Akinfeev's left for his second goal of the tournament., "Uruguay 3-0 Russia: World Cup Hosts Brought Crashing Down to Earth by Ruthless Uruguayans," 25 June 2018 Both parties have agreed the Park District of Highland Park will be responsible for banquet operations at the country club only through Dec. 31 of this year, but will continue to take banquet bookings for 2019. Karen Berkowitz,, "City, park district nearing deal on Highland Park Country Club sale: officials," 22 May 2018 The idea is that if medical personnel do the booking for patients, there will be fewer no-shows. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Picking up and dropping off: Uber enters health-care field," 2 Mar. 2018 Jail booking records show that Spearman and Valenzuela were booked late Thursday night, being held without bail on one count each of murder. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 arrested in April deadly fight at park in Lincoln Park," 7 June 2019

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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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