noun, plural booths [booth z, booths] /buðz, buθs/.

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]


Bal·ling·ton [bal-ing-tuh n] /ˈbæl ɪŋ tən/, 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 Co·ry [kawr-ee, kohr-ee] /ˈkɔr i, ˈkoʊr i/, 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).
WilliamGeneral Booth, 1829–1912, English religious leader: founder of the Salvation Army 1865.
William Bram·well [bram-wel, -wuh l] /ˈbræmˌwɛl, -wəl/, 1856–1929, general of the Salvation Army (son of William Booth).
a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for booth

Contemporary Examples of booth

Historical Examples of booth

  • The loss of Booth was severely felt by the inhabitants in that settlement.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • The booth was decorated with some of his alleged masterpieces.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • Just look at the Lepailleurs yonder, in front of that booth.


    Emile Zola

  • She went quickly downstairs in the elevator, and repaired to a booth in the lobby.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • We said no, 'twas Booth Montague, and that he was waiting in the gents' parlor.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for booth


noun plural 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 for booth

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse buth, Swedish, Danish bod shop, stall; see bower 1



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)
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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.

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