Definition of booth in US English:



  • 1A small temporary tent or structure at a market, fair, or exhibition, used for selling goods, providing information, or staging shows.

    • ‘Drums sound from nearby powwow dancing, while craftsmen cut deals at a string of booths selling everything from T-shirts to jewelry.’
    • ‘We walked around for a little while, staring at booths and small, temporary shops selling pieces of jewelry and lights that blinked.’
    • ‘It is also a sort of fair with booths and stands offering food and tea, jewelry and wood, and stalls serving beer.’
    • ‘In addition to the informative show, the fashion fair included display booths for attendees to browse and pick-up useful information and tips about healthy lifestyles.’
    • ‘The market opened 100 booths selling South Korean clothes on 2,600 square meters of floor last August.’
    • ‘We'd also like volunteers to help out with taking donations and manning the information booths.’
    • ‘The Biennial is not the standard ‘big tent’ art show with elaborate exhibition booths and a short but hectic run in a convention center or on a pier.’
    • ‘The popular, colorful and exciting festival features booths selling food, handicrafts, fashion and accessories of Asian-Pacific countries.’
    • ‘More than 35 Thai restaurants had set up and sold their specialities, and there were booths selling a wide variety of Thai handicrafts and food products.’
    • ‘The street will then be set up as a street fair, with food stalls, entertainment booths, exhibitions, and cultural shows.’
    • ‘The Department of Agriculture and Food will also have information booths at its stand at the National Ploughing Championships at the end of the month near Tullow in Co Carlow.’
    • ‘The exhibition booths show off everything from jewellery to furniture, from paintings to gourmet delicacies, from beauty and aromatherapy products to sculpture.’
    • ‘They set up temporary information booths at every village.’
    • ‘People buying things from nearby stores were offered a chance to verify the weight of their purchases, using electronic weighing machines in the temporary booths put up by the roadside.’
    • ‘My patio hung over a medium sized street that was lined with shops and booths that sold fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.’
    • ‘The members had set up booths where they sold handicrafts, fashion accessories and food from their respective countries.’
    • ‘Over 300 organizations and businesses set up snazzy booths to sell wares, distribute information and collect signatures for various petitions.’
    • ‘Crisis management groups have also been instructed to establish helpline and information booths at entry points to quake-hit areas for better coordination of relief work.’
    • ‘On the flat lawn inside the oval of the track several tents, booths and pavilions had been erected to house the exhibits and shade the contests and performances.’
    stall, stand, kiosk, trading post
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    1. 1.1 A small room where a vendor sits separated from customers by a window.
      ‘a ticket booth’
      • ‘Only one employee could fit in the store because it was a Fotomat, one of those freestanding film-developing booths with a drive-up window.’
      • ‘She pulled up to the entrance gate and rolled down her window to the ticket booth.’
      • ‘A woman behind an enclosed booth said the club had no comment to make.’
      • ‘After the war, he worked for the New York Mass Transit Authority, selling tokens from booths in various subway stations.’
      • ‘One warm night I wandered downtown to the half price theatre ticket booth.’
      • ‘The transfer station has a human ticket vendor whose booth is adorned with Tri-Rail schedules and announcements.’
      • ‘Sitting inside a little booth in the middle of a toll road for seven hours a day sounds rather unpleasant, if not downright tortuous, but some people enjoy it.’
  • 2An enclosure or compartment for various purposes, such as telephoning, broadcasting, or voting.

    ‘the phone booth alongside the highway’
    ‘ex-athletes in the broadcast booth’
    • ‘By comparison, advertising on 200 phone booths during that period would have cost over $400,000.’
    • ‘Wi-fi providers have targeted a growing number of potential venues within which to establish access points, including hotels, airports, phone booths and restaurants.’
    • ‘At other booths, the photographers allowed participants to reject their first photo in favor of a more flattering one.’
    • ‘But the numbers voting at such booths are so small that it's not clear how much effect the change will have.’
    • ‘The indoor booth allowed for a controlled testing environment.’
    • ‘Betting is currently allowed at official booths at dog and horse racing tracks, and some bookmakers are authorized to place odds on some sports events.’
    • ‘When voting at a polling booth, there are officials present who ensure that only the person eligible to vote enters the booth to do so.’
    • ‘They were getting returns with up to 25 per cent of the votes invalid in some booths.’
    • ‘In order to show a Cinerama film, you had to completely overhaul a movie theater, tearing out dozens of seats on the ground floor to make room for three projection booths.’
    • ‘I phoned Henning late that night in a phone booth near the restaurant.’
    • ‘Step inside the booth, in total privacy, and let the fine mist of tanning spray breeze over your entire body.’
    • ‘These homemade announcements are mostly affixed to telephone poles, but garbage bins, phone booths and newspaper boxes are also info-rich urban texts.’
    • ‘He said outlying areas had booths with massive No votes.’
    • ‘The Internet telephony booths will be a boon mainly to the non PC-user who is not comfortable with headphones.’
    • ‘She picked up over 70 percent of the vote in booths in Paddington, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.’
    • ‘In the middle of the Mojave Desert is a phone booth housing the sole telephone for 16 miles in any direction.’
    • ‘After each performance Camille's dressing room becomes a confession booth for each character.’
    • ‘He looked around cautiously to see if anyone could overhear, but the booths were designed for privacy.’
    • ‘He said he believed most voters would not refuse to vote simply because of a ban on mobile phones in booths.’
    • ‘This is an important question because democracy is not just going into a booth to cast a vote on the basis of some campaign slogans.’
    cubicle, kiosk, box, compartment, enclosure, cupboard, carrel, cubbyhole
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  • 3A set of a table and benches in a restaurant or bar.

    ‘I sat in a booth with coffee and a roll’
    • ‘There were more than twenty booths and tables in the place and all of them were full.’
    • ‘It's sort of like a an old-fashioned train dining car with booths along the windows and a row of small tables down the center.’
    • ‘The period decor emphasises dark oak and marble-topped tables, and along one side there are individual booths with leather benches.’
    • ‘The restaurant consisted of a bar with rickety stools, and a few tables with booths.’
    • ‘The other fellow, the older of the two, sat down at a booth and got his coffee.’
    • ‘There were wooden booths and tables, and bright lights hung across the high ceiling.’
    • ‘Tables and booths were scattered in the dining area on either side of a salad bar.’
    • ‘At restaurants, ask for a booth or side table where you can sit close to the wall when nursing.’
    • ‘The bar they sat in, the Sushi and Bullets Diner, was dimly lit with several booths and tables surrounding a low stage.’
    • ‘The wooden tables and booths seem like an afterthought in the design, something to separate the massive bar from the slightly raised stage.’
    • ‘It had a fifties poodle-skirt feel with a classic soda bar and round red tables and booths.’
    • ‘Soon, food is being brought out to booths and tables.’
    • ‘There was a bar and about twenty booths and tables.’
    • ‘Tables and comfortable booths cover the floor of the small rectangular restaurant.’
    • ‘The tables in the booths had minibars inside them so we never had to move.’
    • ‘She was marching away from him, down between the rows of booths and tables and straight for the door.’
    • ‘Save for one row of booths with benches positioned awkwardly low, it's all comfort and reassurance.’
    • ‘There are 22 booths and four tables; most are in use.’
    • ‘While the bouncy red booths and sparkly vinyl tables scream 1950s, the apple martini walls and track lighting let you know that this is no time warp.’
    • ‘The tables and booths had been replaced with couches and big comfy chairs.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘temporary dwelling or shelter’): from Old Norse buth, based on búa ‘dwell’.