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Usage statistics for the noun book:

spoken English44.48%written English55.52% conversational speech55.29%task-oriented speech44.71% imaginative writing40.64%informational writing59.36%
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Book is sometimes a misspelling of bomb or books.

The word book is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun book

What does book mean as a name of something?

Book is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: books

  1. a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
    • example: I am reading a good book on economics
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: publication = a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
    • more specific terms:
      • authority = an authoritative written work
      • curiosa = books on strange or unusual subjects
      • pharmacopeia / formulary = a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation
      • trade edition / trade book = a book intended for general readership
      • bestiary = a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
      • catechism = an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion
      • pop-up book / pop-up = a book (usually for children) that contains one or more pages such that a three-dimensional structure rises up when a page is opened
      • storybook = a book containing a collection of stories
      • tome = a (usually) large and scholarly book
      • brochure / pamphlet / booklet / leaflet / folder = a small book usually having a paper cover
      • text edition / school text / schoolbook / textbook / text = a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
      • workbook = a student's book or booklet containing problems with spaces for solving them
      • copybook = a book containing models of good penmanship
      • appointment calendar / appointment book = a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
      • catalogue / catalog = a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things
      • phrase book = a book containing common expressions in a foreign language along with their translations
      • playbook = a book containing the scripts of one or more dramatic plays
      • prayer book / prayerbook = a book containing prayers
      • reference book / reference work / book of facts / reference = a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
      • review copy = a copy of a newly published book that is sent for review to a writer or periodical
      • songbook = a book containing a collection of songs
      • yearbook = a book published annually by the graduating class of a high school or college usually containing photographs of faculty and graduating students
    • instances:
      • Das Kapital / Capital = a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
      • Erewhon = a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
      • Utopia = a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
    • parts:
  2. physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
  3. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
    • example: his name is in all the record books
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of book: record / record book
    • more generic word: fact = a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
    • more specific terms:
  4. a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
  5. a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
  6. a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
  7. a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
    • example: they run things by the book around here
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of book: rule book
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • parts:
      • prescript / rule = prescribed guide for conduct or action
      • rule = directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
  8. the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
  9. the sacred writings of the Christian religions
  10. a major division of a long written composition
  11. a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
    • example: he bought a book of stamps
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: product / production = an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

Alternative definition of the noun book


  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. If initially blank, commonly referred to as a notebook.
  2. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets.
  3. A major division of a long work.
  4. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
  5. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
  6. The script of a musical.
  7. [usually, in the plural] Records of the accounts of a business.
  8. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  9. [context: legal] A colloquial reference to a book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  10. [context: poker slang] four of a kind
  11. [sports] A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  12. [sports, by extension] A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.

Specialised definition of the noun book

Glossary of sports

in team sports, to penalise a player for a serious offence and make a note of his or her name, o yellow card, red card (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • note: When players are booked, the way in which they are penalised varies according to which sport they are playing and according to the severity of the action for which they were penalised. The punishment ranges from a simple warning to the player being permanently excluded from the game and possibly also banned from a number of future games.

Definition of the verb book

What does book mean as a doing word?

Book is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: booked | booking | books

  1. engage for a performance
    • example: Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: schedule = plan for an activity or event
  2. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
    • example: The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of book: hold / reserve
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific terms: hold open / keep open / keep / save = retain rights to
    • entailment: procure / secure = get by special effort
  3. record a charge in a police register
    • example: The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: enter / put down / record = make a record of
    • more specific words: ticket / fine = issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty


Who is Book?

Book a.k.a. Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.


  1. Book is a comic book character, fictional character created by Chris Claremont & Aaron Lopresti in Earth-616.
    • also known as Annika
  2. Book is a fictional character from the 2011 short film Queen of Hearts.

There are other characters with in their name, like Anna Book, Book Worm, Time Book, Book Keeper, Book seller, Book-Keeper, Book - Keeper, Shepherd Book and Book Publisher.


  1. "Book" is a book by Clodagh Anson.
    • also known as "Book; discreet memoirs"
  2. "Book" is a book by Richard Tuttle.
  3. "Book" is a book by Lolita Files.


  1. "book" is a musical album of Intext.
    • released on
  2. "Book" is a musical single of D+.
    • released in (20 years ago)


  1. Book: In graph theory, a book graph may be any of several kinds of graph.
  2. Book: A book is an award given by many law schools in the United States to the student in each class who achieves the highest grade in that class. Referring to the recipient of a book award, a law school student might say, for example, "X booked Torts." Some law schools have named their awards after distinguished alumnus; the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, awards the American Jurisprudence Award to the highest-scoring student in each class, and the Prosser Prize, named after William Prosser, to the second-highest-scoring. Some schools have allowed donors to sponsor book awards as a method of fundraising.
  3. book is a visual art medium.
  4. Book is a marketing campaign.
    • award: - Clio Award for Design nomination for gyro
  5. Book: A book is a written work or a collection of written works in book form and represents the abstract notion of a particular book, rather than a particular edition.
  6. Book is a website.
  7. Book is a file format.
  8. book: Acclaimed business book written by an industry expert to reveal best practices of the most successful websites - and how to avoid the reasons why most websites fail to deliver results.

Phrases with Book

Phrases starting with the word Book:

  1. Book in
  2. Book It
  3. book up
  4. book bag
  5. book club
  6. book fair
  7. Book hand

Phrases ending with the word Book:

  1. e-book
  2. By-Book
  3. to book
  4. Abc Book
  5. day book
  6. mug book
  7. Off Book
  8. Off-Book
  9. Red Book
  10. Baby Book
  11. Bath Book
  12. bell book
  13. blue book

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Book

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Google previewAn Open Book is a Mind about to Soar: Danielle's Poems and Stories for Young Adults (2014)

by Danielle Sainte-Marie

An Open Book is a Mind about to Soar. Danielle's Poems and Stories for You. T2, Adults Danielle Sainte-Marie An Open Book is a Mind about to Soar: Danielle's. Front Cover.

Google previewScholastic Children's Dictionary Activity Book (2002)

by Lorraine Hopping Egan

Scholastic Children's Dictionary Activity Book Scholastic Professional Books, page 19.

Google previewFirst Book of Astronomy, Etc. (The Chapter on Astronomy Reprinted from the Authors' Manual of Natural Philosophy, with an Introduction, Appendix and Dictionary of Terms.). (1846)

by John Lee COMSTOCK (and HOBLYN (Richard Dennis))

It must not, however, be supposed that there is any “royal road” to science; nor, because the present work is termed- a First Book of Astronomy, is it therefore to be considered a play book' for children. The subject is eminently and confessedly ...

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Usage statistics about book

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun book:

spoken English44.48%written English55.52% conversational speech55.29%task-oriented speech44.71% imaginative writing40.64%informational writing59.36%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun book:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb book:


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Quotes about Book

A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit. (Graham Greene)
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Scrabble value of B3O1O1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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