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annals

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noun plural an·nals \ˈa-nəlz\

Simple Definition of annals

  • : historical records

  • : records of the activities of an organization

Full Definition of annals

  1. 1 :  a record of events arranged in yearly sequence

  2. 2 :  historical records :  chronicles

  3. 3 :  records of the activities of an organization

Examples of annals

  1. <his annals of the reigns of English kings was used as a source by Shakespeare>



Origin of annals

Latin annales, from plural of annalis yearly — more at annual


First Known Use: 1542


ANNALS Defined for Kids

annals

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noun plural an·nals \ˈa-nəlz\

Definition of annals

  1. 1 :  a record of events arranged in yearly sequence

  2. 2 :  historical records :  history <the annnals of sports>





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