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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Examples of diary in a Sentence

has diligently kept a diary since she was 15
Recent Examples on the Web Even so, her diary captures the uncertainty and fear brought about by confronting the virus firsthand, and the halting and uneven way that information about the outbreak was delivered and received, not only aboard the ship but elsewhere. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "The Diary of a Grand Princess Crew Member, as COVID-19 Spread on the Ship," 17 Mar. 2020 ARLENE HIRST Gray’s Anatomy The architect and designer Eileen Gray frustrated researchers by burning her diaries and letters, but enough archival material has survived to inform 21st-century exhibitions, films and books. New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 12 Mar. 2020 The founder herself went viral in 2015 after her food diary full of esoteric ingredients and hard-to-pronounce health foods was published by Elle. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Why Wellness Guru Amanda Chantal Bacon Still Drinks Her Sex Dust," 9 Mar. 2020 Anne Frank House The Anne Frank House gives patrons the chance to learn what life was like for Anne Frank during WWII, hear excerpts from her diary, and step inside the Secret Annex where her family and other Dutch Jews hid from the Nazis. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "12 cool ways to spend a long weekend in Amsterdam – not counting the Red Light District," 31 Dec. 2019 Read on for their personal photo diary and some special appearances by Martel — and Santa! Maria Mercedes Lara, PEOPLE.com, "'Tis the Season! Go Behind the Scenes of Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant Christmas Tour Kickoff," 2 Dec. 2019 Photojournalist Beth Nakamura also spent a lot of time with Humphrey, poring over her diaries and letters, unearthing evidence. oregonlive, "Letter from the Editor: Mercy Corps investigation ‘the kind of work we get into journalism to do’," 12 Oct. 2019 Various artifacts from World War I have been uncovered in recent months, ranging from items as small as a diary to a shipwreck. Fox News, "WWI hand grenade found on beach in UK," 27 Feb. 2020 Spelling pens and reading people’s diaries is okay. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The Best Memes of 2020 That You Need to Send to All Your Friends ASAP," 19 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Diary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diary. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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