book

For a lot of kids, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was their first experience of really falling in love with a book, or a collection of printed words or illustrations bound together.

Book is a widely-known word with a whole lot of less well-known meanings. The noun book can refer to a bunch of pages bound together, as in a book you read, but also a book of tickets or stamps, a section of a larger work of literature (like a book of the Bible), or the written script of a stage play. Book can also be a verb meaning "to record information about a criminal suspect" or "to reserve," which you could use to say, "Let's book a room at the nicest hotel in Maui this winter."

Definitions of book
  1. noun
    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
    “he used a large book as a doorstop”
    synonyms: volume
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    album
    a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
    coffee-table book
    an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
    folio
    a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages
    hardback, hardcover
    a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
    journal
    a record book as a physical object
    novel
    a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
    order book
    a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
    paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
    a book with paper covers
    picture book
    a book consisting chiefly of pictures
    sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook
    a book containing sheets of paper on which sketches can be drawn
    notebook
    a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
    autograph album
    an album for autographs
    coloring book
    a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
    daybook, ledger
    an accounting journal as a physical object
    diary
    a personal journal (as a physical object)
    phonograph album, record album
    an album for holding phonograph records
    photograph album
    an album for photographs
    pocket book, pocket edition, pocketbook
    pocket-sized paperback book
    scrapbook
    an album into which clippings or notes or pictures can be pasted
    stamp album
    an album for stamps
    commonplace book
    a notebook in which you enter memorabilia
    jotter
    a small notebook for rough notes
    playbook
    a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the plays that a team has practiced (especially an American football team)
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    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  2. noun
    a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
    “he bought a book of stamps”
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    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  3. noun
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
    “I am reading a good book on economics”
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    Das Kapital
    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
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    authority
    an authoritative written work
    curiosa
    books on strange or unusual subjects (especially erotica)
    formulary, pharmacopeia
    (pharmacology) a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation
    trade book, trade edition
    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; written as questions and answers
    pop-up, pop-up book
    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 (usually for children)
    tome
    a (usually) large and scholarly book
    booklet, brochure, folder, leaflet, pamphlet
    a small book usually having a paper cover
    school text, schoolbook, text, text edition, textbook
    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; used in teaching penmanship
    appointment book, appointment calendar
    a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
    catalog, catalogue
    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
    book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work
    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
    last word
    an authoritative statement
    best seller, bestseller
    a book that has had a large and rapid sale
    cookbook, cookery book
    a book of recipes and cooking directions
    instruction book
    a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment
    blue book
    a blue booklet used in universities for writing examinations
    ticket book
    a book of tickets that can be torn out and used
    crammer
    a textbook designed for cramming
    introduction
    a basic or elementary instructional text
    primer
    an introductory textbook
    reader
    one of a series of texts for students learning to read
    breviary
    (Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders
    missal
    (Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year
    Book of Psalms, Psalter
    a collection of Psalms for liturgical use
    hymnal, hymnary, hymnbook
    a songbook containing a collection of hymns
    source book
    a collection of historically important documents published together as a book
    wordbook
    a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)
    enchiridion, handbook, vade mecum
    a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
    directory
    an alphabetical list of names and addresses
    annual, yearbook, yearly
    a reference book that is published regularly once every year
    atlas, book of maps, map collection
    a collection of maps in book form
    cyclopaedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, encyclopedia
    a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
    course catalog, course catalogue, prospectus
    a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
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    publication
    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
  4. noun
    a major division of a long written composition
    “the book of Isaiah”
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    Book of Genesis
    the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
    Book of Exodus
    the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses; God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus
    Book of Leviticus
    the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents
    Book of Numbers
    the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
    Book of Deuteronomy
    the fifth book of the Old Testament; contains a second statement of Mosaic law
    Book of Joshua
    a book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
    Book of Judges
    a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
    Book of Ruth
    a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died
    1 Samuel
    the first of two books in the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
    II Samuel
    the second of two books of the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
    1 Kings
    the first of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
    II Kings
    the second of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
    1 Chronicles
    the first of two Old Testament books telling the history of Judah and Israel until the return from the Babylonian Captivity in 536 BC
    II Chronicles
    the second of two Old Testament books telling the history of Judah and Israel until the return from the Babylonian Captivity in 536 BC
    Book of Ezra
    an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
    Book of Nehemiah
    an Old Testament book telling how a Jewish official at the court of Artaxerxes I in 444 BC became a leader in rebuilding Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
    Book of Esther
    an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
    Book of Job
    a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
    Book of Psalms
    an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of 150 Psalms
    Book of Proverbs
    an Old Testament book consisting of proverbs from various Israeli sages (including Solomon)
    Book of Ecclesiastes
    an Old Testament book consisting of reflections on the vanity of human life; is traditionally attributed to Solomon but probably was written about 250 BC
    Canticle of Canticles
    an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of love poems traditionally attributed to Solomon but actually written much later
    Book of Isaiah
    an Old Testament book consisting of Isaiah's prophecies
    Book of Jeremiah
    a book in the Old Testament containing the oracles of the prophet Jeremiah
    Book of Lamentations
    an Old Testament book lamenting the desolation of Judah after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC; traditionally attributed to the prophet Jeremiah
    Book of Ezekiel
    an Old Testament book containing Ezekiel's prophecies of the downfall of Jerusalem and Judah and their subsequent restoration
    Book of the Prophet Daniel
    an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
    Book of Hosea
    an Old Testament book telling Hosea's prophecies
    Book of Joel
    an Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies
    Book of Amos
    an Old Testament book telling Amos's prophecies
    Book of Obadiah
    an Old Testament book telling Obadiah's prophecies; the shortest book in the Christian Bible
    Book of Jonah
    a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
    Book of Micah
    an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Micah foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem
    Book of Nahum
    an Old Testament book telling Nahum's prophecy of the fall of Nineveh
    Book of Habakkuk
    an Old Testament book telling Habakkuk's prophecies
    Book of Zephaniah
    an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zephaniah which are concerned mainly with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah
    Book of Haggai
    an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Haggai which are concerned mainly with rebuilding the temples after the Babylonian Captivity
    Book of Zachariah
    an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zechariah which are concerned mainly with the renewal of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity
    Book of Malachi
    an Old Testament book containing the prophecies of Malachi
    Gospel According to Matthew
    one of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount
    Gospel According to Mark
    the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
    Gospel According to Luke
    one of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life
    Gospel According to John
    the last of the four Gospels in the New Testament
    Acts of the Apostles
    a New Testament book describing the development of the early church from Christ's Ascension to Paul's sojourn at Rome
    Revelation of Saint John the Divine
    the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle
    Additions to Esther
    an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Esther
    Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Children
    an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
    Book of Susanna
    an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
    Bel and the Dragon
    an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
    Book of Baruch
    an Apocryphal book ascribed to Baruch
    Epistle of Jeremiah
    an Apocryphal book consisting of a letter ascribed to Jeremiah to the Jews in exile in Babylon warning them against idolatry
    Book of Tobit
    an Apocryphal book that was a popular novel for several centuries
    Book of Judith
    an Apocryphal book telling how Judith saved her people
    1 Esdras
    an Apocryphal book consisting of a compilation from I Chronicles and II Chronicles and Ezra and Nehemiah
    II Esdras
    an Apocryphal book of angelic revelations
    Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
    an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
    Wisdom of Solomon
    an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
    1 Maccabees
    an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
    II Maccabees
    an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
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    Epistle
    a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle
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    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  5. noun
    a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
    “his name is in all the record books
    synonyms: record, record book
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    logbook
    a book in which the log is written
    won-lost record
    (sports) a record of win versus losses
    card, scorecard
    (golf) a record of scores (as in golf)
    bell book
    a logbook in which all orders concerning the main engines of a ship are recorded
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    fact
    a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
  6. noun
    a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
    “they run things by the book around here”
    synonyms: rule book
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  7. noun
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
    synonyms: playscript, script
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    prompt copy, promptbook
    the copy of the playscript used by the prompter
    continuity
    a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot
    dialog, dialogue
    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
    libretto
    the words of an opera or musical play
    scenario
    an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)
    screenplay
    a script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets
    shooting script
    the final detailed script for making a movie or TV program
    teleplay
    a script adapted or written for television
    duologue
    a part of the script in which the speaking roles are limited to two actors
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    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
  8. noun
    a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
    “they got a subpoena to examine our books
    synonyms: account book, book of account, ledger, leger
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    cost ledger
    ledger showing the accumulated costs classified in various ways
    general ledger
    the ledger that contains all of the financial accounts of a business; contains offsetting debit and credit accounts (including control accounts)
    subsidiary ledger
    details of an account supporting the amount stated in the general ledger
    daybook, journal
    a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
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    record
    a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
  9. verb
    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
    “The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family”
    synonyms: hold, reserve
    reserve
    obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
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    hold open, keep, keep open, save
    retain rights to
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  10. verb
    engage for a performance
    “Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo”
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    schedule
    plan for an activity or event
  11. verb
    register in a hotel booker
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    register
    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
  12. verb
    record a charge in a police register
    “The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man”
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    fine, ticket
    issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
    amerce
    punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  13. noun
    a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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