book·​keep·​er | \ˈbu̇k-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of bookkeeper 

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

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bookkeeping \ˈbu̇k-​ˌkē-​piŋ \ noun

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Guy was Ponder's mother and worked as a bookkeeper. Fox News, "Serial killer says 2 more victims buried in South Carolina," 21 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, British bookkeepers at Ladbrokes have Victoria in first place, then Albert and Arthur tied for second. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Already Talking Baby Names," 18 Oct. 2018 Losing big defines much of the last few years for Deerfield Beach bookkeeper Lauren Ransom. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "She's a big loser: $1.4 million on the slots, 3 years of freedom, nearly $3 million owed," 4 June 2018 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort racked up large bills but struggled to pay them in 2016, his bookkeeper testified in federal court Thursday. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Paul Manafort struggled to pay bills in 2016, bookkeeper testifies," 2 Aug. 2018 After her husband died in 1997, Mrs. Cohen began volunteering at the Northeast Animal Shelter and was its bookkeeper, easing into the day-to-day operations before becoming executive director. Marvin Pave,, "Randi Cohen, 75; led Northeast Animal Shelter’s expansion," 7 May 2018 Mildred was a bookkeeper, avid canasta player, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2018 There are skills mismatches and geographical mismatches—not everybody is qualified to be a bookkeeper for example, and an unemployed worker in Pittsburgh can’t easily fill a job in Indianapolis. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Economic Milestone: There Is a Job for Everyone Who Wants One," 8 May 2018 Shell, 42, a bookkeeper from Batesville, Ark., was said to have a three-day supply of medicine with him. Lindsey Bever, ajc, "The dramatic and tragic rescue of explorers trapped in a cave — 53 years ago in America," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bookkeeper

1555, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bookkeeper

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


book·​keep·​er | \ˈbu̇k-ˌkē-pər \

Kids Definition of bookkeeper

: a person who keeps financial records for a business

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