The coat of arms of Oxford (like several other universities) depicts a book.



  • A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc.
  • A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets, but now sometimes electronically as an e-book.
  • A major division of a long work.
  • A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
  • A bookmaker (a person who takes bets on sporting events and similar); bookie; turf accountant.
  • A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
  • The script of a musical or opera.
  • Records of the accounts of a business.
  • A book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  • Six tricks taken by one side.
  • Four of a kind.
  • A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  • A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.
  • The twenty-sixth Lenormand card.
  • Any source of instruction.
  • The accumulated body of knowledge passed down among black pimps.
  • A portfolio of one's previous work in the industry.



  • From Middle English booke, book, bok, from Old English bōc, from Proto-West Germanic *bōk, from Proto-Germanic *bōks. Eclipsed non-native Middle English livret, lyveret from Old French livret. Bookmaker sense by .
  • From Middle English booken, boken, from Old English bōcian, ġebōcian, from the noun (see above).
  • From Middle English book, bok, from Old English bōc, from Proto-Germanic *bōk, first and third person singular indicative past tense of Proto-Germanic *bakaną.

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