di·​a·​ry | \ ˈdī-(ə-)rē How to pronounce diary (audio) \
plural diaries

Definition of diary

1 : a record of events, transactions, or observations kept daily or at frequent intervals : journal especially : a daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings
2 : a book intended or used for a diary

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Synonyms for diary


daybook, journal

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Examples of diary in a Sentence

has diligently kept a diary since she was 15

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Wray’s diary entries, along with the adoring love letters Riskin wrote her when he was engaged in his war work, constitute the raw, mournful heart of their daughter’s touching memoir. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Fay Wray and Robert Riskin’ Review: Love Lines," 22 Feb. 2019 Hae's diary entries, excerpts of which were played in Serial, form a major part of the show and are used as a voiceover. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed Picks Up Where Serial Left Off," 12 Feb. 2019 And then keeps pictures of Camilla in his diary on their honeymoon. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana's biographer says her shocking tell-all 'explained her sense of being a prisoner'," 24 Aug. 2018 His kidnapping and brainwashing by an African rebel group, YG, is told through a lengthy diary entry, read by Ryoko late in the novel. Paula L. Woods, latimes.com, "Can exploring the dark side in fiction go too far? Fuminori Nakamura's 'Cult X' presses the question," 25 May 2018 Consider this your sneak peek inside her beauty diary, ahead. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's #1 Product for Glowy Skin Is Not What You'd Expect," 22 Feb. 2019 These are people who talk about having diaries of how long they’ve been [abused]. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Estrangement — And Should You Consider It?," 21 Dec. 2018 The renowned essayist returns to the Soraya in Northridge to read wildly varied anecdotes from his memoirs and diaries. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 10 May 2018 Betty scours Hal's diary and discovers that his schedule lines up with the murders. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 2 Episode 20: The Black Hood Returns and the Serpents Aren't Safe," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of diary

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diary

Latin diarium, from dies day — more at deity

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The first known use of diary was in 1581

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English Language Learners Definition of diary

: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts each day


di·​a·​ry | \ ˈdī-ə-rē How to pronounce diary (audio) , ˈdī-rē\
plural diaries

Kids Definition of diary

1 : a daily written record especially of personal experiences and thoughts
2 : a book for keeping a record of experiences and thoughts

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