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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Other Words from bookkeeper

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

Examples of bookkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armed with Ella's info, Dan arrives at Svetlana the bookkeeper's house, prepared to help her fake her death with pig's blood and hamburger for brain matter. Sara Netzley,, 28 May 2021 Louis, his spirit broken, found work as a bookkeeper. New York Times, 27 May 2021 His mother, Rita, was a seamstress who later worked as a bookkeeper for her husband. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 The justice recalled that her mother, a bookkeeper, was born four months after her parents came by ship to Ellis Island. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Among the services Horowitz performed for the Panther leader was recommending a 44-year-old Ramparts employee named Betty Van Patter for a job with the organization as a bookkeeper. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 Importantly, this connection also gives businesses — and their accountant and bookkeeper — a view of their current financial position from any device. Edward Berks, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 White eventually quit his job as a bookkeeper, moved to New York to be close to other artists, and founded a school of photography whose students included Margaret Bourke-White, Karl Struss, Dorothea Lange and others who went on to fame. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Susan Sears previously worked as a bookkeeper for Shapery Enterprises. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bookkeeper

1555, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bookkeeper was in 1555

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12 Jun 2021

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“Bookkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce bookkeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookkeeper

: a person who keeps financial records for a business


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