noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference ; manual b. a concise reference book covering a particular subject 2. a. a bookmaker's book of bets b. a place where bookmaking is carried on

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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