noun jour·nal \ˈjər-nəl\

: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts

: a newspaper

: a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group of people

Full Definition of JOURNAL

a :  a record of current transactions; especially :  a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeeping
b :  an account of day-to-day events
c :  a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use
d :  a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative body
e :  log 3
f :  log 4
a :  a daily newspaper
b :  a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest
:  the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing

Examples of JOURNAL

  1. I've been keeping a journal for several years.
  2. She records her dreams in a journal.

Origin of JOURNAL

Middle English, service book containing the day hours, from Anglo-French jurnal, from jurnal, adjective, daily, from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus of the day, from dies day — more at deity
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee

Rhymes with JOURNAL

JOURNAL Defined for Kids


noun jour·nal \ˈjər-nəl\

Definition of JOURNAL for Kids

:  a brief record (as in a diary) of daily happenings
:  a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group
:  a daily newspaper


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