(1)   Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
"He used a large book as a doorstop"
(2)   A number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
"He bought a book of stamps"
(3)   A major division of a long written composition
"The book of Isaiah"
(4)   A written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
"I am reading a good book on economics"
(5)   The sacred writings of the Christian religions
"He went to carry the Word to the heathen"
(6)   The sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
(7)   A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
"Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"
"His name is in all the record books"
(8)   A written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
(9)   A collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
"They run things by the book around here"
(10)   A collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
(11)   A record in which commercial accounts are recorded
"They got a subpoena to examine our books"


(12)   Engage for a performance
"Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo"
(13)   Record a charge in a police register
"The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man"
(14)   Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
"Reserve me a seat on a flight"
"The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"
"Please hold a table at Maxim's"
(15)   Register in a hotel booker


From < , probably related to (perhaps originally used to make writing-tablets). Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish . Compare .


  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. If initially blank, commonly referred to as a notebook.
    She opened the book to page 37 and began to read aloud.
  2. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets.
    I have three copies of his first book.
  3. A major division of a long work.
    Genesis is the first book of the Bible.
    Many readers find the first book of A Tale of Two Cities to be confusing.
  4. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
    I'm running a book on who is going to win the race.
  5. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
    a book of stamps
    a book of raffle tickets
  6. The script of a musical.
  7. Records of the accounts of a business.
  8. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  9. A colloquial reference to a book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  10. four of a kind


  • (collection of sheets of paper bound together containing printed or written material): tome (especially a large book)
  • (convenient collection of small paper items, such as stamps): booklet
  • (major division of a published work, larger than a chapter): tome, volume
  • (script of a musical): libretto
  • (records of the accounts of a business): accounts, records


  1. To reserve (something) for future use.
    I want to book a hotel room for tomorrow night
    I can book tickets for the concert next week
  2. To penalise (someone) for an offence.
    The police booked him for driving too fast
  3. To travel very fast.
    He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
  4. To write down.
    They booked that message from the hill
  5. To receive the highest grade in a class.
    The top three students had a bet on which one was going to book their intellectual property class.


  • (reserve): reserve
  • (penalise): penalise/penalize, punish
  • (slang: travel very fast): bomb (slang), hurtle, rocket (informal), speed, shoot, whiz (informal)
  • (write down): make a note of, note down, record, write down