Also called trial docket. a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending.
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.
the list of business to be transacted by a board, council, legislative assembly, or the like.
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.

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. 2019

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



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
  1. an official summary of the proceedings in a court of justice
  2. a register containing such a summary
  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
a summary of contents, as in a document
US a list of things to be done
US law
  1. a list of cases awaiting trial
  2. the names of the parties to pending litigation

verb (tr)

to fix a docket to (a package, etc)
  1. to make a summary of (a document, judgment, etc)
  2. to abstract and enter in a book or register
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper