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 There are other curiosities in the annals of hurricane naming. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 Apollo 13 home safely will continue to resonate in the annals of space history. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Rolls-Royce and Hyundai have inked one of the unlikeliest of collaborations in the annals of aerospace, with a plan to partner on electric propulsion systems for the skies. Jaclyn Trop, Robb Report, 21 July 2022 In the annals of technology high fliers the bear market has punished, Broadcom (AVGO) stands out. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The point is arguable for the two men who stand like titans not only in Fayetteville, the Southwest Conference and the SEC, but also in college baseball annals. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2022 That 1985 concert — with the likes of Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin, Elaine Stritch, George Hearn and Lee Remick — is a milestone in the Sondheim annals. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Johnson, meanwhile, became the second player in Spurs annals to post a season with 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 125 3-pointers, joining Kawhi Leonard. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 The final chapter of Weddle’s career may qualify as unique in NFL annals. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Annals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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