noun, plural booths [booth z, booths] /buðz, buθs/.

  1. a stall, compartment, or light structure for the sale of goods or for display purposes, as at a market, exhibition, or fair.
  2. a small compartment or boxlike room for a specific use by one occupant: a telephone booth; a projection booth.
  3. a small, temporary structure used by voters at elections.
  4. a partly enclosed compartment or partitioned area, as in a restaurant or music store, equipped for a specific use by one or more persons.
  5. a temporary structure of any material, as boughs, canvas, or boards, used especially for shelter; shed.


  1. Bal·ling·ton [bal-ing-tuh n] /ˈbæl ɪŋ tən/, 1859–1940, founder of the Volunteers of America 1896 (son of William Booth).
  2. Edwin Thomas,1833–93, U.S. actor (brother of John Wilkes Booth).
  3. Evangeline Co·ry [kawr-ee, kohr-ee] /ˈkɔr i, ˈkoʊr i/, 1865?–1950, general of the Salvation Army 1934–39 (daughter of William Booth).
  4. John Wilkes,1838–65, U.S. actor: assassin of Abraham Lincoln (brother of Edwin Thomas Booth).
  5. Junius Brutus,1796–1852, English actor (father of Edwin and John Booth).
  6. WilliamGeneral Booth, 1829–1912, English religious leader: founder of the Salvation Army 1865.
  7. William Bram·well [bram-wel, -wuh l] /ˈbræmˌwɛl, -wəl/, 1856–1929, general of the Salvation Army (son of William Booth).
  8. a male given name.

noun plural booths (buːðz)

  1. a stall for the display or sale of goods, esp a temporary one at a fair or market
  2. a small enclosed or partially enclosed room or cubicle, such as one containing a telephone (telephone booth) or one in which a person casts his or her vote at an election (polling booth)
  3. two long high-backed benches with a long table between, used esp in bars and inexpensive restaurants
  4. (formerly) a temporary structure for shelter, dwelling, storage, etc


  1. Edwin Thomas, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1833–93, US actor
  2. John Wilkes, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1838–65, US actor; assassin of Abraham Lincoln
  3. Junius Brutus (ˈdʒuːnɪəs ˈbruːtəs). 1796–1852, US actor, born in England
  4. William . 1829–1912, British religious leader; founder and first general of the Salvation Army (1878)

mid-12c., from Old Danish boþ “temporary dwelling,” from East Norse *boa “to dwell,” from Proto-Germanic *bowan-, from PIE root *bheue- “to be, exist, grow” (see be). See also bound (adj.2). Cf. German Bude “booth, stall,” Middle Dutch boode, Lithuanian butas “house,” Old Irish both “hut,” Bohemian bouda, Polish buda, some probably borrowed from East Norse, some formed from the PIE root.

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