noun \ˈl-mə-ˌnak, ˈal-\

: a book published every year that contains facts about the movements of the sun and moon, changes in the tides, and information of general interest

: a book published every year that contains detailed information on a special subject

Full Definition of ALMANAC

:  a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year and often including a miscellany of other information
:  a usually annual publication containing statistical, tabular, and general information

Examples of ALMANAC

  1. an almanac of town news

Origin of ALMANAC

Middle English almenak, from Medieval Latin almanach, probably from Arabic al-manākh the almanac
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Book or table containing a calendar of a given year, with a record of various astronomical phenomena, often with weather prognostications, seasonal suggestions for farmers, and other information. The first printed almanac appeared in the mid 15th century. Benjamin Franklin began his famous Poor Richard's almanacs in 1732. A form of folk literature, 18th-century almanacs furnished useful and entertaining information where reading matter was scarce; a surviving example is the Old Farmer's Almanac. Modern almanacs are often annual publications containing statistical, tabular, and general information.


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