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[booth] /buθ/
noun, plural booths
[booth z, booths] /buðz, buθs/ (Show IPA)
a stall, compartment, or light structure for the sale of goods or for display purposes, as at a market, exhibition, or fair.
a small compartment or boxlike room for a specific use by one occupant:
a telephone booth; a projection booth.
a small, temporary structure used by voters at elections.
a partly enclosed compartment or partitioned area, as in a restaurant or music store, equipped for a specific use by one or more persons.
a temporary structure of any material, as boughs, canvas, or boards, used especially for shelter; shed.
Origin of booth
1150-1200; Middle English bōthe < Old Norse būth (compare Old Danish bōth booth); cognate with German Bude


[booth; British booth] /buθ; British buð/
[bal-ing-tuh n] /ˈbæl ɪŋ tən/ (Show IPA),
1859–1940, founder of the Volunteers of America 1896 (son of William Booth).
Edwin Thomas, 1833–93, U.S. actor (brother of John Wilkes Booth).
Evangeline Cory
[kawr-ee,, kohr-ee] /ˈkɔr i,, ˈkoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
1865?–1950, general of the Salvation Army 1934–39 (daughter of William Booth).
John Wilkes, 1838–65, U.S. actor: assassin of Abraham Lincoln (brother of Edwin Thomas Booth).
Junius Brutus, 1796–1852, English actor (father of Edwin and John Booth).
William ("General Booth") 1829–1912, English religious leader: founder of the Salvation Army 1865.
William Bramwell
[bram-wel,, -wuh l] /ˈbræmˌwɛl,, -wəl/ (Show IPA),
1856–1929, general of the Salvation Army (son of William Booth).
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for booth
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  • The doctor now recollected what had passed with booth, and perceived he had made a mistake of one colonel for another.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • He came out of the booth and scrubbed his cheeks with his purple handkerchief.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He came from the booth very much pleased with himself, and sat down beside Grace to await developments.

    Nedra George Barr McCutcheon
  • He was shown to a table to the left of the croupier's booth.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • He had, indeed, tumbled over all booth's and Amelia's cloaths and the children's toys, but had left all behind him.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for booth


/buːð; buːθ/
noun (pl) booths (buːðz)
a stall for the display or sale of goods, esp a temporary one at a fair or market
a small enclosed or partially enclosed room or cubicle, such as one containing a telephone (telephone booth) or one in which a person casts his or her vote at an election (polling booth)
two long high-backed benches with a long table between, used esp in bars and inexpensive restaurants
(formerly) a temporary structure for shelter, dwelling, storage, etc
Word Origin
C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse buth, Swedish, Danish bod shop, stall; see bower1


Edwin Thomas, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1833–93, US actor
John Wilkes, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1838–65, US actor; assassin of Abraham Lincoln
Junius Brutus (ˈdʒuːnɪəs ˈbruːtəs). 1796–1852, US actor, born in England
William. 1829–1912, British religious leader; founder and first general of the Salvation Army (1878)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for booth

mid-12c., from Old Danish boþ "temporary dwelling," from East Norse *boa "to dwell," from Proto-Germanic *bowan-, from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be). See also bound (adj.2). Cf. German Bude "booth, stall," Middle Dutch boode, Lithuanian butas "house," Old Irish both "hut," Bohemian bouda, Polish buda, some probably borrowed from East Norse, some formed from the PIE root.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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booth in the Bible

a hut made of the branches of a tree. In such tabernacles Jacob sojourned for a season at a place named from this circumstance Succoth (Gen. 33:17). Booths were erected also at the feast of Tabernacles (q.v.), Lev. 23:42, 43, which commemorated the abode of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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