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Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old English bōc < Proto-Germanic *boks, probably related to *bōk- (beech) (perhaps originally used to make writing-tablets). Cognate with Dutch boek, German Buch, Swedish bok. Compare beech.

Noun

A hard-cover book

Singular
book

Plural
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book ({{{1}}})
  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. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) four of a kind

Synonyms

  • (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

Derived terms

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Verb

Infinitive
to book

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to book (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) 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. (law enforcement, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To penalise (someone) for an offence.
    The police booked him for driving too fast
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To travel very fast.
    He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
  4. (transitive) To write down.
    They booked that message from the hill
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.

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