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  1. Also called trial docket. a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending.
  2. 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.
  3. the list of business to be transacted by a board, council, legislative assembly, or the like.
  4. 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), dock·et·ed, dock·et·ing.
  1. Law. to enter in the docket of the court.
  2. Law. to make an abstract or summary of the heads of, as a document; abstract and enter in a book: judgments regularly docketed.
  3. to endorse (a letter, document, etc.) with a memorandum.

Origin of docket

First recorded in 1475–85; earlier dogget, of obscure origin
Related formsre·dock·et, verb (used with object), re·dock·et·ed, re·dock·et·ing.un·dock·et·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for docketing

Historical Examples of docketing

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for docketing


  1. mainly British a piece of paper accompanying or referring to a package or other delivery, stating contents, delivery instructions, etc, sometimes serving as a receipt
  2. law
    1. an official summary of the proceedings in a court of justice
    2. a register containing such a summary
  3. British
    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
  4. a summary of contents, as in a document
  5. US a list of things to be done
  6. US law
    1. a list of cases awaiting trial
    2. the names of the parties to pending litigation
verb (tr)
  1. to fix a docket to (a package, etc)
  2. law
    1. to make a summary of (a document, judgment, etc)
    2. to abstract and enter in a book or register
  3. to endorse (a document, etc) with a summary

Word Origin for docket

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.

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