ˈbüth How to pronounce booth (audio)
 especially British  ˈbüt͟h
plural booths ˈbüt͟hz How to pronounce booth (audio)
: a temporary shelter for livestock or field workers
: a stall or stand (as at a fair) for the sale or exhibition of goods
: a small enclosure affording privacy for one person at a time
a telephone booth
polling booths
: a small enclosure that isolates its occupant especially from patrons or customers
a ticket booth
: an isolated enclosure used in sound recording or in broadcasting
a radio booth
: an enclosed seating area (as in a restaurant) consisting typically of a table placed between two high-backed benches

Examples of booth in a Sentence

A local sheep farmer has a booth at the county fair and is selling wool yarn. We got hot dogs at one of the food booths. They sat at a booth next to the window.
Recent Examples on the Web Show your love for the environment and learn about the Richmond Rising initiative while enjoying music, food and activities such as gardening, mural painting, games and interactive booths. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 The field’s parking lots, stands, concession area and announcer’s booth are undergoing major renovation courtesy of development money that was set aside by the City of San Diego. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2024 The 1998 edition had six stages, seven campgrounds, a rodeo arena that featured opportunities for amateurs to try their luck and 200 arts and crafts booth on 244 acres of farmland. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 Designed by Kenneth Leung, the space is decorated with silks and ceramics, while private dining booths and a low light setting offer intimacy and seclusion. Stacey Wreathall, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 Dark wood tables, booths and a full espresso bar stand near the main entrance. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 At the stylish new outpost of Wall Street watering hole Harry’s — boasting elegant booths and bronze accents — blazers and pastels have been abandoned. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 Bitcoin booths opened in the Grand Bazaar, next to the gold-trading stalls where people once sheltered their money when empires collapsed. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 Seats are also available at the bar, at one of the several cocktail tables and booths, and in the standing-only overflow section. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English bothe, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse būth booth; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of booth was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Booth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural booths ˈbüt͟hz How to pronounce booth (audio)
: a covered stand for selling or displaying goods (as at a fair or exhibition) or for providing services
information booth
: a small enclosure giving privacy for one person
voting booth
telephone booth
: a section of a restaurant consisting of a table between two high-backed benches

Biographical Definition

Booth 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

ˈbüth How to pronounce Booth (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈbüt͟h
family of American actors: Junius Brutus 1796–1852 b in England and his sons Edwin Thomas 1833–1893 and John Wilkes 1838–1865 assassin of Lincoln


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biographical name (2)

William 1829–1912 English founder of Salvation Army father of: William Bramwell 1856–1929 Salvation Army general; Ballington 1857–1940 founder of Volunteers of America; Evangeline Cory 1865–1950 Salvation Army general

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