book·​keep·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce bookkeeper (audio) \

Definition of bookkeeper

: a person who records the accounts or transactions of a business

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bookkeeping \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌkē-​piŋ How to pronounce bookkeeping (audio) \ noun

Examples of bookkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mother, Ruth (Hirsch) Caplan, was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for her husband. Penelope Green,, "Ralph Caplan, design critic big on sit-ins but not chairs, at 95," 21 June 2020 Meanwhile, the amount of revenue that the federal government is projected to collect in fiscal year 2020 is $3.6 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which is Capitol Hill’s official bookkeeper. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Tax increases and entitlement reform required to address skyrocketing debt," 11 June 2020 His mother, the family bookkeeper, kept all the receipts. Jennifer E. Mabry, New York Times, "A Family Heirloom, Restored From Hood to Taillights," 26 Mar. 2020 After working as a stock clerk and bookkeeper, Mr. Abraham was drafted into the US Army in 1942 and became a US citizen soon afterward. Matt Schudel,, "Henry J. Abraham, scholar of Supreme Court history, at 98," 5 Mar. 2020 Create your team: Hire a good lawyer and bookkeeper, find independent contractors, and finally Throw a grand opening party. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "7 steps to starting a small business on a shoestring budget - with free startup help," 19 Feb. 2020 His mother became a bookkeeper for an extermination company after her husband’s death and scraped by, augmenting her $25 weekly salary (about $380 in today’s dollars) with $18 a month in a Social Security widow’s benefit. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Michael I. Sovern, Who Led Columbia in Eventful Era, Dies at 88," 22 Jan. 2020 Richard Hill said his grandfather was the bookkeeper for the family business — Hill and Sons, in Brooklyn, which had been founded as a horse wholesaler in New York — and later got into real estate in Nevada. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "A newly discovered film shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had polio, walking," 27 June 2018 According to their bookkeeper, Simmons says, $100,000 was a low estimate. Esther Mobley,, "What will it take for historic S.F. bars like Specs’ to survive coronavirus? Crowdfunding," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bookkeeper

1555, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Bookkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookkeeper

: a person whose job is to keep the financial records for a business


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: a person who keeps financial records for a business

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