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[boo k-kee-ping]
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  1. 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 formsbook·keep·er, noun
Can be confusedaccounting bookkeeping finance(s)
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Examples from the Web for bookkeeping

Historical Examples

  • My bookkeeping must have been a trial to his orderly, pigeon-holed soul.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And yet, the only reason he was not now with her was solely a detail of bookkeeping.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • The pretense at bookkeeping, unreal bookkeeping, he abandoned.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

  • We have prepared, for home study, books on bookkeeping, penmanship and shorthand.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

    Robert L. Taylor

  • It would also simplify the bookkeeping of the commercial house.

    Godfrey Morgan

    Jules Verne