1a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers:a book of selected poems a literary composition that is published or intended for publication as a book:he’s writing a book about his experiences a main division of a literary work or of the Bible:the Book of Genesis (also book of words) the libretto of a musical or opera, or the script of a play.
) used to refer to studying:he was so deep in his books he would forget to eat
) the telephone directory for the area in which someone lives:is your name in the book?
informal a magazine: [with modifier]:comic books an imaginary record or list (often used to emphasize the comprehensiveness of someone’s actions or experience):she felt every emotion in the book of love 2 [with modifier] a bound set of blank sheets for writing in:an accounts book
) a set of records or accounts:a bid to balance the books
a bookmaker’s record of bets accepted and money paid out. Soccer the notebook in which a referee writes the names of players who are cautioned for foul play: his name went into the book for a foul on Smyth 3a set of tickets, stamps, matches, samples of cloth, etc., bound together:a pattern book
) the first six tricks taken by the declarer in a hand of bridge, after which further tricks count towards fulfilling the contract.
1reserve (accommodation, a place, etc.); buy (a ticket) in advance:I have booked a table at the Swan [no object]:book early to avoid disappointment reserve accommodation for (someone):his secretary had booked him into the Howard Hotel [with two objects]:book me a single room at my usual hotel [no object]
) register one’s arrival at a hotel: he booked in at a hotel
engage (a performer or guest) for an event: the promoter booked him for another appearance
(be booked up
) have all places reserved; be full: at weekends we’re usually booked up
2make an official note of the personal details of (a person who has broken a law or rule):the cop booked me and took me down to the station Soccer (of a referee) note down the name of (a player) who is cautioned for foul play: McMahon was booked for a foul