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[boo k-kee-ping] /ˈbʊkˌki pɪŋ/
the work or skill of keeping account books or systematic records of money transactions (distinguished from accounting).
Origin of bookkeeping
1680-90; book + keeping
Related forms
bookkeeper, noun
Can be confused
accounting, bookkeeping, finance(s) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bookkeeper
  • In another, a bookkeeper consciously ignored a financial error.
  • He wrought upon the structure with the method of a monk and he recorded his progress with the regularity of a bookkeeper.
  • Even a run-of-the-mill bookkeeper wouldn't have made that blunder.
  • The casino does not repay the car dealership whose bookkeeper embezzles to gamble.
  • We had a bookkeeper and a publicist and a president.
  • He is working as a bookkeeper, but wants a better job before he marries.
  • Stockman is a bookkeeper, and political figures are not famous for their candor.
  • She blanketed them with flyers advertising her skills and asking if they had a bookkeeper.
  • Gone are the days when a chief financial officer at a nonprofit was regarded as a mere bookkeeper.
  • He worked his way up from a bookkeeper to a chief executive officer.
Word Origin and History for bookkeeper

also book-keeper, 1550s, from book (n.) + keeper. A rare English word with three consecutive double letters. Related: Bookkeeping, which is from 1680s in the sense "the work of keeping account books;" book-keep (v.) is a back-formation from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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