\ˈbüth, especially British ˈbüt͟h\
plural booths\ˈbüt͟hz, ˈbüths \

Definition of booth 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a temporary shelter for livestock or field workers

2a : a stall or stand (as at a fair) for the sale or exhibition of goods

b(1) : a small enclosure affording privacy for one person at a time a telephone booth polling booths

(2) : a small enclosure that isolates its occupant especially from patrons or customers a ticket booth

(3) : an isolated enclosure used in sound recording or in broadcasting a radio booth

c : an enclosed seating area (as in a restaurant) consisting typically of a table placed between two high-backed benches


biographical name (1)
\ˈbüth, chiefly British ˈbüt͟h\

Definition of Booth (Entry 2 of 3)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Booth (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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.
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Fans likely already own relics from Kylie's previous two birthday collaborations, and if the photos are any indication, Kylie Cosmetics's 21 Collection (and the star's party, photo booth and all) will be one for the books. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Announced a 21st Birthday Makeup Collection as a Birthday Gift to Us All," 1 Aug. 2018 Neither comes close to the office’s phoneless phone booths. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Best Spot in the Office Is a Phone Booth—If You Can Get Into One," 27 Nov. 2018 Prince Mohammed also looked at some promotional booths outside the main hall as an excited crowd of mostly young Saudi men recorded the encounter on their phones. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi prince to address summit darkened by Khashoggi slaying," 24 Oct. 2018 Below, check out how a few bloggers who really delivered on pure genius: The future is looking bright for this young girl, whose mom used one large box to create a magical booth. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Making DIY Halloween Costumes Out of Amazon Boxes — and They're Pretty Amazing," 22 Oct. 2018 That's partially due to the restaurant's Instagram-worthy circular booth and blush pink brass interiors, but equally important is the crowd-favorite smoking roast chicken. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "What to Wear Around One of New York City’s Coolest Neighborhoods," 8 Oct. 2018 There was a photo booth on site and the show was catered with sweets. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian's Daughter, North West, Just Made Her Runway Debut in the L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Show," 23 Sep. 2018 This is my main spot right here (in the booth outside the water park). Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Shout Out: Britnye Dickson, working at water park this summer, headed to ISU in fall," 5 July 2018 Geisler, who is responsible for placing them in booths, said those choices are made carefully to create the best energy for the day possible. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Celebrate West Hartford Returns For 32nd Year," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of booth


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for booth


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

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English Language Learners Definition of booth

: a partially enclosed area or a small and usually temporary building where things are sold or displayed or services are provided

: a small area that is enclosed in order to provide privacy for one person

: an enclosed area for some kinds of workers that provides shelter and keeps them separated from the public


\ˈbüth \
plural booths\ˈbüt͟hz \

Kids Definition of booth

1 : partly enclosed area or small building used for a particular purpose a ticket booth

2 : table in a restaurant between two benches with high backs

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