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[boo k-kee-ping] /ˈbʊkˌki pɪŋ/
the work or skill of keeping account books or systematic records of money transactions (distinguished from accounting).
Origin of bookkeeping
First recorded in 1680-90; book + keeping
Related forms
bookkeeper, noun
Can be confused
accounting, bookkeeping, finance(s) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for book-keeping
Historical Examples
  • They must refuse to view this matter as a question merely of book-keeping and accounts.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • For it is more than a matter of school instruction in book-keeping and the like.

    The Negro at Work in New York City

    George Edmund Haynes
  • The two classes with which I was brought into contact were the book-keeping and embossing.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • It appeared they were prepared to stint the poor rather than add to the book-keeping.

  • She was a writer of power and had studied law and book-keeping.

    Old Times in Dixie Land Caroline E. Merrick
  • Pelle had come home from his book-keeping course to have his dinner.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • And this time he had not warned her not to run away with a student of book-keeping.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • But I got a sound knowledge of book-keeping there that was invaluable later on.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • "Doing sums," replied Joe, which was his idea of book-keeping.

  • He had been busy with some book-keeping, which he did every morning; and his wife had had to send after him.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for book-keeping


the skill or occupation of maintaining accurate records of business transactions
Derived Forms
book-keeper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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