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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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  • I found that, later on, I should be expected to combine the work of teller with that of bookkeeper.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Yes, he had given up his place as bookkeeper at Bassett's store.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • This last case, of the bookkeeper engaged to the clerk, is the modern situation at its happiest normal.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • "I am a bookkeeper, and an all-round office man," added the sick man.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • The bookkeeper condescended to smile at this joke, though it was not very brilliant.

    Driven From Home Horatio Alger
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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