[ book-kee-ping ]
See synonyms for: bookkeepingbookkeeper on

  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

Other words from bookkeeping

  • bookkeeper, noun

Words that may be confused with bookkeeping Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bookkeeping in a sentence

  • His chief work seemed to be in standing about the brick-yard watching the men, and in writing and book-keeping at home.

  • They attended to their own book-keeping, did their own selling and buying, tied up their bundles and packed all the cases.

  • They must refuse to view this matter as a question merely of book-keeping and accounts.

    Home Rule | Harold Spender
  • The two classes with which I was brought into contact were the book-keeping and embossing.

    Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
  • I'm very good at shorthand—hundred and twenty a minute; my arithmetic and book-keeping, too, are more than fair.

    A Sheaf of Corn | Mary E. Mann

British Dictionary definitions for book-keeping


  1. the skill or occupation of maintaining accurate records of business transactions

Derived forms of book-keeping

  • book-keeper, noun

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