Definition of Book by Merriam-Webster

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The shelves in his office are filled with books.

That’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

a novelist who has written some wonderful books

The library has many dictionaries and other reference books.

the books of the Bible

a story that is told in the Book of Job


His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge.

She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience.


They booked two seats at the theater.

They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York.

I booked a table at our favorite restaurant.

She booked through her travel agent.

We will need to book early.

She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris.

He was booked to sail on Monday.

The band was booked to play at the reception.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Part of a book trilogy, the eco-thriller turns on young boy Mino, born in the rainforest, who makes a living catching rare butterflies.

Annika Pham, Variety, 22 Aug. 2021

The book and accompanying CD from Danza Publications made its debut in 2006 and has since become a favorite in Jewish communities around the world.

Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2021

The column also misidentified the book’s publisher.

New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021

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Shariah is the moral guide many Muslims follow that operates based on the teaching of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, according to the Middle East Institute.

Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 22 Aug. 2021

The book will delve into Shannon’s family life and her lovingly complicated relationship with her late father, who came out late in life.

Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021

The book reviews different cultures, seventh-grader Kylie Minter said.

Bryce Ethridge, ajc, 21 Aug. 2021

Although Delta Private Jets merged into Wheels Up in January 2020, this discount is still available to eligible cardholders that book through Amex’s Platinum Travel Services.

Jt Gentner, Robb Report, 21 Aug. 2021

For oval races, the IndyCar rule book calls for a nine-spot penalty, meaning at best, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver will start 10th.

Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Aug. 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Visitors must pre-book tickets and follow Covid-19 safety precautions.

Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021

Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, for example, signed an $8 million multi-book deal with Macmillan Publishers in 2017.

Madeline Berg, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021

Plan your parking: The MSP website allows travelers to pre-book parking in the Terminal 1 or 2 ramps.

Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021

There’s an extra perk for spring break travelers: Through March 26, people who pre-book Terminal 1 daily parking will save $7 a day.

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Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021

The seats are not available to pre-book and will only be made available at the airport check-in counter ahead of flight departure.

Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021

The Broward County Public Library Foundation’s biggest event of the year is the Literary Feast, but the organization plans book events year-round.

Oline H. Cogdill,, 25 Nov. 2019

Friends book sale The Friends of the Milpitas Library will host a book sale Sept. 27-29 in the library’s auditorium.

Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 23 Sep. 2019

Friends book sale The Friends of the Campbell Library’s monthly sale is set for Sept. 14 and features new and used fiction, nonfiction, history books, comics, art books, cookbooks, children’s books and collectibles.

Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Additional perks include free gifts with each purchase and the opportunity to book free, in-store appointments with beauty stylists or join virtual festivities held through the 12 days.

Sarah Han, Allure, 6 Aug. 2021

Residents of Lazio, which includes Rome, won’t be able to book new appointments for several days, the region’s president, Nicola Zingaretti, posted Monday on Facebook.

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NBC News, 3 Aug. 2021

The company in April 2020 began allowing consumers to book telehealth appointments.

Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2021

The State Department has removed the option to book last-minute passport appointments online as processing continues to take up to 18 weeks.

Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 23 July 2021

In most cities, the mobile application—CoWin—used to book appointments for vaccination, isn’t allowing people to register.

R Ramakumar, Quartz, 2 June 2021

Over the next several days, all those still in the preregistration system will be contacted with an opportunity to book appointments before the system closes on May 31.

From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021

Over the next several days, all those still in the preregistration system will be contacted with an opportunity to book appointments before the system closes on May 31., 21 May 2021

Vaccinations have sped up and, in many places, people are still unable to book appointments because of high demand.

New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘book.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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