Pronunciation: (rez"ur-vā'shun), [key]
1. the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.
2. the act of making an exception or qualification.
3. an exception or qualification made expressly or tacitly: to accept something, but with inner reservations.
4. a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe.
5. an arrangement to secure accommodations at a restaurant or hotel, on a boat or plane, etc.
6. the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement: Sorry, the hotel has no reservation under that name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.