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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lead singer Max Kerman helped Ellevator secure its first booking agent. Beau Hayhoe, SPIN, 11 May 2022 It was addressed to Jordan’s booking agent, who had forwarded it to him. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2022 Wallen’s consequences, at first, were swift — and seemed to indicate a new zero-tolerance approach to racist remarks from Nashville stars: His songs were temporarily taken off the radio, and he was dropped from his booking agency, WME. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 The biggest recipients include the USS Midway Museum, the Zoological Society of San Diego and the music talent booking agency Sound Talent Group. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2022 Mesco said her booking agency has lost more than 50 Santas to the pandemic. Faith Karimi, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 Wallen's songs were pulled from radio stations, Spotify country playlists and CMT; his booking agency severed ties; and Wallen was cut from the ACM Awards in April and deemed ineligible. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 That’s what MagicSpace Entertainment, the booking agency that runs the Live at the Eccles concert program, has done. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 He was pulled from airplay by several major radio groups, suspended by his label, reportedly dropped by his booking agency and denied eligibility for a major awards competition. NBC News, 8 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of booking

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of booking was in 1790

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16 May 2022

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“Booking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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