journal

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noun jour·nal \ˈjər-nəl\

Definition of journal

  1. 1a :  a daily newspaper —usually used in titles The Wall Street Journalb :  a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest an academic journal —often used in titles The Journal of the American Medical Association

  2. 2a :  a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use :  diaryb :  a record of current transactions; especially :  a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeepingc :  an account of day-to-day eventsd :  a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative bodye :  log 3f :  log 4

  3. 3 :  the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing

Examples of journal in a sentence

  1. I've been keeping a journal for several years.

  2. She records her dreams in a journal.

Origin and Etymology of journal

Middle English, service book containing the day hours, from Anglo-French jurnal, from jurnal, adjective, daily, from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus of the day, from dies day — more at deity


First Known Use: 15th century


JOURNAL Defined for English Language Learners

journal

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noun jour·nal \ˈjər-nəl\

Definition of journal for English Language Learners

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

  • : a newspaper

  • : a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group of people


JOURNAL Defined for Kids

journal

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noun jour·nal \ˈjər-nəl\

Definition of journal for Students

  1. 1 :  a brief record (as in a diary) of daily happenings

  2. 2 :  a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group

  3. 3 :  a daily newspaper



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