Definition of booking fee in English:

booking fee

noun

  • 1A fee charged, in addition to the basic cost, for arranging in advance or reserving transport, accommodation, a seat, a ticket, etc.

  • 2rare A fee charged to register on the books of a theatrical agent or (later) an employment agency (now rare).

  • 3US
    Originally US a fee charged to book an actor, musician, celebrity, etc.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Bell's Weekly Messenger.