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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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  • Others are taught nursing, bookkeeping, stenography, dentistry.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • It would also simplify the bookkeeping of the commercial house.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • Our bookkeeping is scarcely rapid enough to keep up with the finances of the system.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • My bookkeeping must have been a trial to his orderly, pigeon-holed soul.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Speed was ill much of the time, and his bookkeeping was little better than Clouds.

  • And yet, the only reason he was not now with her was solely a detail of bookkeeping.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • At first Albert made almost no mistakes in his bookkeeping, was almost painfully careful.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The pretense at bookkeeping, unreal bookkeeping, he abandoned.

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • There are but two methods or systems of bookkeeping, and they are known as single entry and double entry.

  • Here was a chance to put in practice the bookkeeping I had studied under him.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds

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