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[dok-it] /ˈdɒk ɪt/
Also called trial docket. a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending.
Chiefly British.
  1. an official memorandum or entry of proceedings in a legal cause.
  2. a register of such entries.
  3. any of various certificates or warrants giving the holder right to obtain, buy, or move goods that are controlled by the government, as a custom-house docket certifying duty has been paid.
the list of business to be transacted by a board, council, legislative assembly, or the like.
British. a writing on a letter or document stating its contents; any statement of particulars attached to a package, envelope, etc.; a label or ticket.
verb (used with object), docketed, docketing.
Law. to enter in the docket of the court.
Law. to make an abstract or summary of the heads of, as a document; abstract and enter in a book:
judgments regularly docketed.
to endorse (a letter, document, etc.) with a memorandum.
Origin of docket
First recorded in 1475-85; earlier dogget, of obscure origin
Related forms
redocket, verb (used with object), redocketed, redocketing.
undocketed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for docketing
Historical Examples
  • She has her pen in her hand, and is docketing her visiting list.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • There were two clerks—three, if you count Aloysius, the boy—but to Mrs. Brandeis belonged the privilege of docketing you first.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • This labor of docketing scarred backs seemed wretchedly monotonous.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • He resumed his reading and docketing, by the light of the little lamp which had just subserved the purposes of a spy.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The conductor of our train had spotted me from seeing my pass, and I happened to hear him docketing me for the wrecking boss.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • On the table in front of them were piled a number of letters and telegrams, which they were carefully sorting and docketing.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There are very few of the foreign colony in London whose history I haven't ready for docketing.

    The Weight of the Crown

    Fred M. White
  • The idea which had possessed him walking home in the moonlight sustained him in that melancholy task of docketing and destruction.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • He had an orderly mind, one capable of classifying and docketing girls.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • I grew tired of the monotony of seeing the spectacled Marquis reading, folding, and docketing, letter after letter.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
British Dictionary definitions for docketing


(mainly Brit) a piece of paper accompanying or referring to a package or other delivery, stating contents, delivery instructions, etc, sometimes serving as a receipt
  1. an official summary of the proceedings in a court of justice
  2. a register containing such a summary
  1. a customs certificate declaring that duty has been paid
  2. a certificate giving particulars of a shipment and allowing its holder to obtain a delivery order
a summary of contents, as in a document
(US) a list of things to be done
(US, law)
  1. a list of cases awaiting trial
  2. the names of the parties to pending litigation
verb (transitive)
to fix a docket to (a package, etc)
  1. to make a summary of (a document, judgment, etc)
  2. to abstract and enter in a book or register
to endorse (a document, etc) with a summary
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for docketing



mid-15c., "a summary or abstract," of unknown origin, perhaps a diminutive form related to dock (v.). An early form was doggette. Meaning "list of lawsuits to be tried" is from 1709.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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