Definition of booking in English:



  • 1An act of reserving accommodation, a ticket, etc. in advance:

    ‘the hotel does not handle group bookings’
    [mass noun] ‘early booking is essential’
    • ‘Advance booking at the theatre box office is recommended.’
    • ‘Early booking is advisable but tickets should be available on the night.’
    • ‘He is liaising closely with experts from Ascot and York police, and hopes to glean the travel plans from those booking tickets well in advance.’
    • ‘Early booking of tickets is advisable as the event always proves to be highly enjoyable and well attended.’
    • ‘Extra staff will be on hand at stations and for telesales during the first few days of the promotion when bookings for advance purchase tickets are expected to be particularly high.’
    • ‘As tickets are limited early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.’
    • ‘A booking fee of 50p per transaction applies to all advance ticket bookings.’
    • ‘Advance booking is essential as places are limited and bookings will only be taken from Tuesday November 11.’
    • ‘Advance ticket bookings are up 70% in part because of frustrated demand.’
    • ‘Advance booking is vital for this stimulating, enjoyable and experimental approach to life-drawing.’
    • ‘But he had already had his passport lifted and his concert bookings canceled.’
    • ‘Although the centre only really deals with last minute accommodation bookings, they were up by 85 per cent from 16 last year to 31.’
    • ‘That can include arranging taxis, arranging hotel accommodation, changing ferry bookings, arranging alternative flights where necessary.’
    • ‘Potential visitors would be able to log on, click through details of all the hotels and packages available, then make direct bookings for transport and accommodation.’
    • ‘The information centre can be used to make accommodation bookings, find out what is on in York, book days out, tours and coach holidays to destinations in the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘Advance booking is not necessary and, with a bit of notice, it is possible to include a screening of any school curriculum films or films of local interest.’
    • ‘Early booking is essential, so please ring as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Seats with extra leg room are essential, and can be reserved with your booking.’
    • ‘Advance booking for dinner is strongly recommended.’
    • ‘In the rough-and-tumble world of concert booking and promotion, no good deed goes unpunished.’
    • ‘The booking of train tickets at Hyderabad station was smooth and efficient and the staff at the specially built Reservation Complex were extremely helpful.’
    • ‘Advance booking is always advisable but you can of course always take a chance on the day itself.’
    reservation, appointment, date
    advance booking, prior arrangement, prearrangement
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  • 2Soccer
    An instance of a player being cautioned by the referee for foul play:

    ‘it was a rough match with five bookings’
    • ‘Not until the approach of half-time did Chelsea achieve anything of note, if one can call bookings notable.’
    • ‘The Toulouse-born midfielder is on loan until the end of the season from Racing Santander where he had already picked up five bookings and a red card.’
    • ‘Both players were due to sit out the FA Cup tie because of one-match bans after picking up five bookings this season.’
    • ‘He escapes with a ticking-off - there have been no bookings so far this evening.’
    • ‘That last caution brought his season's figures to five bookings and brought on the automatic one game ban he'll now serve at Goodison a week Wednesday.’
    • ‘The FA imposed the fine, suspended for a year, after Leeds players picked up 78 bookings and five red cards the season before last.’
    • ‘There were 42 free-kicks, two penalties, four bookings and three players sent off, two of whom had to be escorted from the pitch by police.’
    • ‘The referee's notebook was a regular feature, with the Portuguese official booking another seven players.’
    • ‘Thankfully we have a half-decent referee today so no stupid bookings as yet.’
    • ‘The first half saw numerous bookings by the young referee, with Southall venting their displeasure at every opportunity.’
    • ‘To be fair, for the most part they played decent, if dirty (22 fouls and about 14 bookings say it all), football.’
    • ‘This World Cup had come to mean too much to him and the dismissal followed three bookings in his six matches here.’
    • ‘We decided that going for the two games was best and in some league matches we left out players who had niggling injuries or would miss the Cup tie if they got a booking.’
    • ‘He escapes a booking, but the Czechs have a free-kick just outside the Greece penalty area.’
    • ‘Also, why isn't it possible to appeal against bookings?’
    • ‘Thus this season Premiership fans have been treated to the nonsensical award of bookings for players who ‘overcelebrate’ a goal.’
    • ‘A dire first-half is followed by a dramatic second, with four great goals, a penalty claim, bookings aplenty and a goal disallowed for Japan.’
    • ‘The second booking involved both players again, with Strong going down in an innocuous tussle for the ball.’
    • ‘He gets a stern ticking-off from the referee, but is lucky to escape without a booking.’
    • ‘Five bookings and a sending off do not bode well for a team already hampered by injuries and forced absences.’