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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Examples of annals in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But like so many of the former president’s historical memories — his marital fidelity, his election landslides — his position in the annals of witch hunts is somewhat exaggerated. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 In the annals of dance, only one has been truly forbidden, and not by ordinance. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Netflix had 35 potential chances to win an Oscar Sunday night, among the highest tally by any studio in the Academy’s annals., 25 Apr. 2021 The history and annals of sports are littered with great athletes who achieve championship status and then are surpassed by the next person. Ben Morse, CNN, 8 Apr. 2021 The annals of science brim with fallacious orthodoxies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2020 In this way and many others, the community has wrought almost unbelievable annals in the history of migration. Vivek Menezes, Quartz India, 7 Nov. 2020 In the annals of extremely small and irrelevant pandemic bummers each of us can catalog alongside the larger tragedies, in March 2020 I was supposed to meet a friend in Mexico City, a journey that wasn’t to be., 4 May 2021 But in the annals of history, picks up and down the draft board seize the glory. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 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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4 Jun 2021

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“Annals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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