jour·​nal | \ ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio) \

Definition of journal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a daily newspaper usually used in titlesThe Wall Street Journal
b : a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest an academic journal often used in titlesThe Journal of the American Medical Association
2a : a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use : diary
b : a record of current transactions especially : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeeping
c : an account of day-to-day events
d : a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative body
3 : the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing


journaled; journaling; journals

Definition of journal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to keep a personal journal : to enter or record daily thoughts, experiences, etc., in a journal As a kid, I journaled about everything from boys to bad haircuts.Redbook The principal at the school says since students began journaling last year, poor behavior reports have dropped 40 percent.— Stephanie Stahl The students engaged in several process discussions to reflect on their service-learning projects, and they journaled their reactions.Roeper Review

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Other Words from journal


journaler noun, plural journalers
You don't have to be a writer to be a journaler, but journal keeping will make you a writer anyway. — Robert Moss
journaling \ ˈjər-​nᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce journal (audio) \ noun
Change your attitude about being awake at night. Savor this time alone for journaling or personal reflection. Self Healing First on the agenda for this crew: a process dieticians call journaling, which involves jotting down every single thing eaten for several days… Family Circle

Examples of journal in a Sentence

Noun I've been keeping a journal for several years. She records her dreams in a journal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Further, the study has not been peer-reviewed by a scientific journal and experts have cautioned against the study. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Experts caution mouthwash's effect on COVID-19 needs more study," 25 Nov. 2020 Rahimyar also serves on student government, as well as an associate editor for Southern’s pre-law journal and a tutor. Amanda Blanco,, "A 20-year-old daughter of Afghan refugees is Southern Connecticut State University’s first Rhodes Scholar," 23 Nov. 2020 Then in bed by 11 p.m. with her journal and a book. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, "12 Life Lessons Queen Elizabeth Follows for Good Health," 11 Nov. 2020 Take time today to sit with a journal or laptop to record or even broadcast all of your brilliant notions. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for October 24, 2020," 24 Oct. 2020 Sławomir Sierakowski, a Polish journalist, critic, and sociologist, is the founder and head of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a journal and movement of left-wing intellectuals, artists, and activists based in Poland. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "Lessons from Minsk," 20 Oct. 2020 For gifts the size of a journal or a board game, opt for this 10x11 inch drawstring bag. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "My Family Switched to Fabric Gift Bags and We’ve Never Looked Back," 10 Sep. 2020 Some examples are a healthy diet, physical activity, regular sleep routine and spending at least 30 minutes a day relaxing, maybe that’s reading a book, writing in a journal or meditating. Sue Glasscock,, "Make mental wellness a priority | Opinion," 6 Aug. 2020 Chae also published more than 150 journal and conference articles, contributed to and authored multiple books and held four U.S. patents, according to ASU. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "ASU creates Junseok Chae Memorial Fund to honor slain professor," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of journal


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of journal was in the 15th century

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Journal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce journal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of journal

: 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


jour·​nal | \ ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio) \

Kids Definition of journal

1 : a brief record (as in a diary) of daily happenings
2 : a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group
3 : a daily newspaper

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