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Could you distinguish clearly the difference in meaning btw booking and reservation?

When are they interchangeable? When are they different?

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I believe this is a U.S./U.K. distinction.

If I am calling ahead to a restaurant, as an American, I am making a reservation. I may sometimes say "book a flight," and I sometimes will "book a conference room" for a business meeting (but not a hotel room), but almost never would I "book a table."

We'll wait for a U.K. person to confirm that they make bookings for restaurants. (And I'm not sure where the Canadians, Aussies, and others fall in this.)
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AnonymousHi !

The answer is quite simple.

In English, it is frequent that you shuold have two words for the same meaning : one has a latin origin (or French, if you prefer) and the other one has a Germanic origin.

For instance : royal is the latin one (from Rex-Regis) and kingly is the Gemanic one (from könig).

Booking is the Germanic one and reservation is the latin one.

This is one of the reasons why english dictionaries contain so many words.

Cheers.

Jay.
Kingly is indeed an Anglo-Saxon word deriving from a Proto-Germanic word. Royal entered the English language from French (Old French roial) and a third adjective, regal, is derived from the Latin adjective regalis. It was the last of the three to find its way into English in the 14th century.

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CB
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Hi !

The answer is quite simple.

In English, it is frequent that you shuold have two words for the same meaning : one has a latin origin (or French, if you prefer) and the other one has a Germanic origin.

For instance : royal is the latin one (from Rex-Regis) and kingly is the Gemanic one (from könig).

Booking is the Germanic one and reservation is the latin one.

This is one of the reasons why english dictionaries contain so many words.

Cheers.

Jay.
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