book - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/bʊk/
singularbook
pluralbooks
  1. 1
    [countable] a written work that is published, either as printed pages inside a cover or electronically

    a book by Nelson Mandela, entitled Long Walk to Freedom

    book about/on:

    I’m reading a book about American history.

    As well as being produced annually in hardback, the book is also published electronically.

    It’s so convenient to find a book online and download it.

    1. a.
      a set of printed pages fastened together inside a cover

      Please open your books at page 25.

    2. b.
      one of the sections of a long book such as the Bible

      the Book of Job

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you write in, consisting of pages fastened together inside a cover

    Visitors to the building must sign the book.

    address/exercise book:

    I wrote his phone number in my address book.

  3. 3
    [countable] a set of small objects, such as stamps, tickets, or matches, fastened together inside a paper cover

    You can buy stamps in books of ten.

  4. 4

    books

    [plural] business records of the money that an organization or business has earned and spent
    do the books (=record the necessary information in them):

    Alfred’s job was to do the books at the end of each month.

    1. a.
      records of customers that use a company’s services
      on someone’s books:

      a theatrical agency with dozens of top actors on its books

  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    one for the books something that is very remarkable, unusual or unexpected

    As weddings go, theirs was one for the books.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 04/05/2014