Meaning of BOOK in English

I. ˈbu̇k noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Gothic boka letter

Date: before 12th century


a. : a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

b. : a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume

c. : a long written or printed literary composition

d. : a major division of a treatise or literary work

e. : a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition — often used in plural

the book s show a profit

f. : magazine 4a

g. : e-book

2. capitalized : bible 1

3. : something that yields knowledge or understanding

the great book of nature

her face was an open book



(1) : the total available knowledge and experience that can be brought to bear on a task or problem

tried every trick in the book

(2) : inside information or analysis

the book on him is that he can't hit a curveball

b. : the standards or authority relevant in a situation

run by the book


a. : all the charges that can be made against an accused person

threw the book at him

b. : a position from which one must answer for certain acts : account

bring criminals to book


a. : libretto

b. : the script of a play

c. : a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra : musical repertory

7. : a packet of items bound together like a book

a book of stamps

a book of matches


a. : bookmaker

b. : the bets registered by a bookmaker ; also : the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets

9. : the number of tricks a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value

• book·ful ˈbu̇k-ˌfu̇l noun

- in one's book

- in one's good books

- one for the book

- on the books

II. adjective

Date: 13th century

1. : derived from books and not from practical experience

book learning

2. : shown by books of account

book assets

III. verb

Date: 1807

transitive verb


a. : to register (as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings)

he was book ed to sail on Monday

b. : to schedule engagements for

book the band for a week

c. : to set aside time for

d. : to reserve in advance

book two seats at the theater

were all book ed up


a. : to enter charges against in a police register

b. of a referee : to note the name or number of (as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules

intransitive verb

1. : to make a reservation

book through your travel agent

2. chiefly British : to register in a hotel — usually used with in

3. slang : leave , go ; especially : to depart quickly

• book·able ˈbu̇-kə-bəl adjective , chiefly British

• book·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.