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 Each song is numbered to correspond with the date when they were created, as if part of a sonic diary representing her feelings over that time. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "CL Releases First New Solo Songs in 3 Years: Listen to '+ DONE161201+' & '+ REWIND170205+'," 4 Dec. 2019 According to Snowdon's biographer Anne de Courcy, Harold Wilson wrote specifically of Snowdon's efforts in his diary. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Lord Snowdon Was the Only Member of the Royal Family to Rush to Aberfan," 29 Nov. 2019 The couple cited diary entries and posts on the social media website Tumblr as evidence of their interest, according to federal prosecutors. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Ohio man sentenced to prison for mass-murder plot on Toledo bar," 10 Dec. 2019 Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s disturbing vision of Hell is reported in her diary about the Divine Mercy. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Hell Is Real," 5 Nov. 2019 The epistolary format of Semple’s book (piecing together emails, diary entries, memos, and the like) is better suited to unraveling the circumstances of her disappearance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette Is a Gripping Mess," 16 Aug. 2019 The shop’s story starts in 1898, the year a young boy named Gideon wrote a diary with creative recipes and ambitions of starting his own bakery. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Gideon’s Bakehouse cookies will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth," 26 Nov. 2019 The studies include those in which participants were observed eating alone and with others, and also those that examined people’s food diaries. Washington Post, "It’s true, you do eat more at Thanksgiving. Evolution trained you to.," 26 Nov. 2019 The studies include those in which participants were observed eating alone and with others, and also those that examined people’s food diaries. Kellie B. Gormly, Anchorage Daily News, "Yes, you do eat more at the holidays. Evolution trained you to.," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of diary was in 1581

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31 Dec 2019

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“Diary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diary. Accessed 22 January 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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