[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 bookkeeper

Contemporary Examples of bookkeeper

Historical Examples of bookkeeper

  • Yes, he had given up his place as bookkeeper at Bassett's store.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • I found that, later on, I should be expected to combine the work of teller with that of bookkeeper.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Albert was inclined to resent the qualified strain in the bookkeeper's praise.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • You're bookkeeper for me, ain't you; for this concern right here where you are?

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "I am a bookkeeper, and an all-round office man," added the sick man.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

Word Origin and History for bookkeeper

also book-keeper, 1550s, from book (n.) + keeper. A rare English word with three consecutive double letters. Related: Bookkeeping, which is from 1680s in the sense "the work of keeping account books;" book-keep (v.) is a back-formation from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper