plural noun
an·​nals | \ ˈa-nᵊlz How to pronounce annals (audio) \

Definition of annals

1 : a record of events arranged in yearly sequence the annals of the twentieth century
2 : historical records : chronicles the annals of Tacitus in the annals of sports
3 : records of the activities of an organization quoted from the Annals of the Association of American Geographers

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Recent Examples on the Web In what remains a feat of writing in the annals of Sun history, Mr. Sterne wrote a detailed history of the 35th president mainly from memory. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Joseph R. L. Sterne, former foreign correspondent and editorial page editor of The Baltimore Sun, dies," 10 Apr. 2021 Users mourn -- and move on With its closure, Yahoo Answers joins its late cousin, Ask Jeeves, in the annals of the early internet. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "An ode to Yahoo Answers, where perplexing questions begat questionable answers," 6 Apr. 2021 On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed legislation to abolish the death penalty — a momentous event in Virginia’s history and in the annals of our criminal system. Washington Post, "Guest post: How Virginia ended the death penalty," 24 Mar. 2021 The effects of these shifts in the annals of achievement will have a long-term effect on the game’s history. New York Times, "Justice for the Negro Leagues Will Mean More Than Just Stats," 23 Mar. 2021 In the annals of big-budget rescue jobs, Superman II is high on the list of success stories. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked," 22 Mar. 2021 His reward is what this writer anticipates to be the largest stock options award, secured in a brief period, in the annals of capital markets: $31.7 billion since May 2020, including over $10 billion alone in the first quarter of 2021. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The daring architecture of Elon Musk’s compensation plan has the Tesla CEO on track to make history," 17 Mar. 2021 That possibility was spectacularly realized last week at the Christie’s online sale, inscribing a new chapter in the annals of frictionless capitalism. Washington Post, "Beeple’s digital ‘artwork’ sold for more than any painting by Titian or Raphael. But as art, it’s a great big zero.," 16 Mar. 2021 Children have fared better than adults in the coronavirus pandemic, a fact that makes the development of vaccines for them a unique effort in the annals of medical science., "COVID-19 vaccines for children: When can kids get shots? Do they even need them?," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of annals

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for annals

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

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17 Apr 2021

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“Annals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of annals

: historical records
: records of the activities of an organization


noun plural
an·​nals | \ ˈa-nᵊlz How to pronounce annals (audio) \

Kids Definition of annals

1 : a record of events arranged in yearly sequence
2 : historical records : history the annals of sports

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