One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Bell's Weekly Messenger.
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