al·​ma·​nac | \ ˈȯl-mə-ˌnak How to pronounce almanac (audio) , ˈal- How to pronounce almanac (audio) \

Definition of almanac

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

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an almanac of town news
Recent Examples on the Web But key pieces of his writing have endured the test of time: In 1791, for instance, Banneker included a handwritten advance copy of his almanac in an impassioned letter to then-Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Benjamin Banneker, the Black Scientist Who Documented Brood X Cicadas in the Late 1700s," 7 May 2021 Wet soil holds as much as four times more heat than dry soil, according to the farmer's almanac. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "How the late snow could affect your plants — and how to protect them," 20 Apr. 2021 Next, figure out your average last frost date by consulting an almanac or asking your local nursery. Laura Duerr,, "Which flower seeds are best for spring?," 26 Mar. 2021 In Finland, the University of Helsinki maintains a national almanac of name days for people, cats, dogs and horses. Linda Kinstler, New York Times, "Celebrate Your Name Day. It’s Like a Birthday, but Better.," 23 Feb. 2021 The Hagerstown almanac is now the second-oldest in the country. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "After 200 years, Hagerstown Almanack still offers a winter forecast — and advice," 11 Dec. 2020 But paging through the almanac in 2020 has proved to be surprisingly soothing. Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, "Facts, just the facts: My 10-year-old has reminded me of the allure of the almanac," 24 Nov. 2020 The best chance for snow could come in late January, and the coldest periods of the season are expected in the middle of November, early to mid-December and late January, according to the almanac. Dallas News, "Hoping for a snowy winter in Dallas-Fort Worth? Here’s what NOAA’s new outlook says," 20 Oct. 2020 Last year the almanac predicted the best chances for snow for the area would be in early December, early to mid-January, and mid-February. Dallas News, "Hoping for a snowy winter in Dallas-Fort Worth? Here’s what NOAA’s new outlook says," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of almanac

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for almanac

Middle English almenak, from Medieval Latin almanach, probably from Arabic al-manākh the almanac

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“Almanac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of almanac

: 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


al·​ma·​nac | \ ˈȯl-mə-ˌnak How to pronounce almanac (audio) , ˈal- \

Kids Definition of almanac

: a book published yearly that contains facts about weather and astronomy and other general information

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