almanac

noun
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

Examples of almanac in a Sentence

an almanac of town news
Recent Examples on the Web Unfamiliar readers, fear not; Haratischvili writes deceptively easy prose and inserts historical and cultural references, as clear as an almanac, along the way. Wendell Steavenson, New York Times, "Who Needs a Sweeping Epic About the Red Century? You Do," 14 Apr. 2020 Other names for April’s full moon are the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon, according to the almanac. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Here’s when you can see 2020’s biggest, brightest pink supermoon over Dallas-Fort Worth," 7 Apr. 2020 The April full moon is also sometimes called the Egg Moon, Fish Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon, according to the almanac. oregonlive, "April’s ‘pink’ supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of 2020," 2 Apr. 2020 Stones, moss, currency, newspapers, catalogs, almanacs, literature, and government proclamations served until, by most accounts, a New York City inventor named Joseph C. Gayetty came up with the first commercial toilet paper around 1857. Michael E. Ruane, BostonGlobe.com, "Toilet paper takes center stage amid coronavirus outbreak. Be thankful we no longer use corncobs and rope ends.," 21 Mar. 2020 The almanac serves as a cultural touchstone for a community that not a lot of people outside of that community can find a window into. Anchorage Daily News, "Small cod fishery will occur after all in Gulf of Alaska’s state waters," 24 Dec. 2019 According to Air Force Magazine’s annual almanac, that’s the entire F-15 fighter force tasked with the air combat mission. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Could Cut Loose Tons of Older Planes," 8 Feb. 2020 Within a decade, an entire almanac of these domains—.in (India), .br (Brazil), .au (Australia)—had formed. Michael Waters, Wired, "The Digital Colonialism Behind .tv and .ly," 7 Feb. 2020 Carlston had been fascinated by the almanac as a kid and wanted some way of incorporating it into the game. Matt Jancer, Smithsonian, "How a Generation Became Obsessed With Tracking Down Carmen Sandiego," 15 Oct. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/almanac. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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almanac

noun
How to pronounce almanac (audio) How to pronounce almanac (audio)

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

almanac

noun
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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