from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, often enclosed compartment, usually accommodating only one person: a voting booth.
  • n. A small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others: a ticket booth.
  • n. A seating area in a restaurant with a table and seats whose high backs serve as partitions.
  • n. A small stall for the display and sale of goods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small stall for the display and sale of goods.
  • n. An enclosure just big enough to accommodate one standing person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house or shed built of boards, boughs, or other slight materials, for temporary occupation.
  • n. A covered stall or other temporary structure in a fair, or market, or at a polling place.
  • n. a partly enclosed area within a room for use of one or a small number of people, such as one in a restaurant having a table and seats, or one at an exhibition containing a display of products from one organization.
  • n. a small structure designed for the use of one person performing a special activity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A temporary structure or dwelling made of boards, boughs of trees, or other slight materials, or of canvas, as a tent.
  • n. Specifically A stall for the sale of goods or refreshments at a fair or market, for showmen's and jugglers' exhibitions, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a table (in a restaurant or bar) surrounded by two high-backed benches
  • n. a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
  • n. United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
  • n. small area set off by walls for special use


Middle English bothe, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse búð (compare Scots buth). (Wiktionary)



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