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 man refused to cooperate with Cleveland Heights police during the booking process and was soon, thereafter, turned over to Cleveland police. cleveland, "Drunk driver puts car in reverse at red light, hits officer’s cruiser: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 31 Jan. 2020 Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Many airlines are now encouraging customers to offset their carbon emissions during the booking process. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "The future of sustainable air travel: How airlines (and you) can fly more efficiently," 26 Jan. 2020 Tell the truth about your medical condition during your initial booking process with jail medical staff. Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, "How to Navigate California County Jails: A Guide for Inmates and Their Loved Ones," 13 Jan. 2020 The Times analyzed more than 40,000 Airbnb listings in Los Angeles provided by Inside Airbnb, a site that collects information from the Airbnb booking site. Hugo Martín,, "Airbnb and similar sites hide fees from customers. People are mad about it," 10 Jan. 2020 From hotel-booking apps to flight-booking sites and more, here's how to find extremely cheap last-minute deals. Jill Fergus, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Sites and Apps for Finding Last-Minute Travel Deals," 26 Feb. 2019 Wes Hall, general manager of the new facility, said bookings have been robust, with 130 volleyball teams slated to compete in a tournament here the second weekend in February. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "First look: Cedar Point Sports Center, new facility for youth sports, to make Sandusky a year-round draw," 17 Dec. 2019 Restrictions include full payment at time of booking among others. Richard Tribou,, "Cruise lines offer up Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals," 25 Nov. 2019 In Santa Barbara, a small number of technical violation bookings may have been misclassified. Joaquin Palomino,, "How The Chronicle reported the ‘Minor crimes, major time’ story," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Booking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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