books Definition

  • 1a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers
  • 2a bound set of blank sheets for writing in
  • 3a record of the accounts or transactions of a particular person or business

Using books: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "books" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I love reading books in my free time.

  • Example

    She has a collection of rare books.

  • Example

    He keeps all his receipts in a book.

  • Example

    The company's books are audited annually.

books Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for books

Idioms Using books

  • in accordance with established rules or procedures


    The police officer followed the law by the book.

  • to falsify financial records in order to deceive someone


    The accountant was fired for cooking the books.

  • in someone's good books

    to be in favor with someone


    After he helped her with the project, he was back in her good books.

Phrases with books

  • book of business

    the list of clients or customers that a company has


    He has built up a large book of business over the years.

  • book of hours

    a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages, containing prayers and psalms to be recited at specific times of the day


    The illuminated book of hours was a prized possession of the wealthy.

  • book value

    the value of an asset as shown on a company's balance sheet, calculated by subtracting accumulated depreciation from the original cost


    The company's assets were worth more than their book value.


Summary: books in Brief

The term 'books' [bʊks] refers to written or printed works consisting of pages bound in covers, including both fiction and non-fiction. It also encompasses bound sets of blank sheets for writing and records of accounts or transactions. Examples include 'I love reading books in my free time,' and 'The company's books are audited annually.' Phrases like 'book of business' and idioms like 'by the book' extend the meaning of 'books.'