\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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But that political future has been thrown into doubt amid investigations into behavior the White House was unwilling to defend, such as the unauthorized purchase of the soundproof phone booth meant to deter eavesdroppers. Evan Halper,, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 July 2018 In the near future, the academy is hoping to put the booth to use in further educating Kansas City's urban youth. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "KC Urban Youth Academy contributing more than just baseball fields," 5 July 2018 The fireworks show lights up the night sky, and Lithia Park turns into a long a row of booths with vendors hawking greasy food and face paint. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Chubbies American Flag Shorts Are Perfect for Hiking," 2 July 2018 The Bee examined menus from each of the 68 booths scheduled to set up throughout Cal Expo from July 13-29 to find the 20 craziest concoctions. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Chew on this: These are the 20 wildest foods for sale at this year’s State Fair," 12 July 2018 The night of networking will feature appetizers, games, prizes, and a photo booth. Allison Hagan,, "Business agenda," 9 July 2018 The owners in the booths literally stand behind their products. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Wood said a magic check-in booth will be located at Main and Jefferson Street beginning at 3 p.m. and surprises await the first 500 participants. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "'Party That Shall Not Be Named' returns July 28 to celebrate all things Harry Potter," 13 July 2018 Tony Romo spent his first season in the commentary booth predicting what would happen next with astounding accuracy. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Tony Romo predicts the Packers and Jaguars will meet in Super Bowl LIII," 12 July 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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