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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Travelers can keep a travel diary and receipts as proof. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "How can you still go to Cuba despite new U.S. travel restrictions?," 5 June 2019 Jünger’s war diaries, translated here with damning clarity by Thomas and Abby Hansen, are a fascinating, refined and disturbing record of the moral disasters of Nazism and collaboration. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019 The joys of hate-reading the rich: Why raging over a wealthy intern’s money diary feels so good. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How an intern’s “money diary” became the latest flashpoint in the conversation about privilege," 26 July 2018 Hepburn was then 29, much older than the Jewish teenager whose diary, written while Frank was in hiding from the Nazis, had become an international best seller. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘Dutch Girl’ Review: A Dancer for the Resistance," 2 May 2019 Its Theodore Roosevelt Center has undertaken a massive project to digitize all of Roosevelt’s papers, diaries, film clips audio recordings and other related-items. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "North Dakota Makes a Push for a Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library," 30 Mar. 2018 Scroll through her diary here, and revisit the complete Spring 2020 collection on Vogue Runway. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman Shares Photos From the Label’s Spring 2020 Bridal Show in Barcelona," 30 Apr. 2019 After months of planning and deadlines in the diary, it’s been reported that Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan Markle have been forced to delay their big move to Frogmore Cottage. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Big Move to Frogmore Cottage Has Been Delayed," 25 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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