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jour·​nal ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio)
: a daily newspaper
usually used in titles
The Wall Street Journal
: a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest
an academic journal
often used in titles
The Journal of the American Medical Association
: a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use : diary
: a record of current transactions
especially : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeeping
: an account of day-to-day events
: a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative body
: the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing


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journaled; journaling; journals

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
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 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

Example Sentences

Noun I've been keeping a journal for several years. She records her dreams in a journal.
Recent Examples on the Web
The design is super cute and comes with a journal, fancy bookmark and tabs. Essence, 23 Nov. 2022 The journal reports are highly technical and devoid of hype — daring to be dull as dirt — but the scientists involved translate them into a more exciting tale. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 Published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution scientific journal on Wednesday, the study reveals that the great bustards ate an abundance of corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and purple viper’s bugloss (Echium plantagineum). Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Richard Brown, head of metrology at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, England, began working on a proposal several years ago, the journal Science reported in 2019. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 The name comes from a URL that Fenwick was saving for an eventual literary journal. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2022 Page, who previously ran HGTV and Food Network, says the idea has always been to use the journal to inform programming decisions at Magnolia Network. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 Dmytro Horevoi, a religious scholar and director of the Religious Security Center in Kyiv, recently wrote in an online journal about the difficult situation many priests find themselves in, wanting to remain neutral. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Thompson co-authored an article published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which suggests that more than 10% of fungal infections are diagnosed outside regions where the pathogens are known to be endemic. Angela Yang, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



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, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1803, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Journal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



jour·​nal ˈjərn-ᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio)
: a brief account of daily events : diary
: a record of the happenings of a conference or a legislative body
: a daily newspaper
: a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group

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