[boo k-kee-ping]


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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for book-keeping

Historical Examples of book-keeping

  • 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 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

British Dictionary definitions for book-keeping



the skill or occupation of maintaining accurate records of business transactions
Derived Formsbook-keeper, noun
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