journal

noun
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

journal

verb
journaled; journaling; journals

Definition of journal (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Verb

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 journaling (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 Offit agrees that Shoenfeld should not lead medical journals. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Top Israeli immunologist accused of promoting antivaccine views," 6 Nov. 2019 Customers at fast-food chains in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas ordered an average of 60 fewer calories per transaction in the weeks after the figures were displayed, according to a study published recently in the medical journal, BMJ. Candice Choy, chicagotribune.com, "After calorie counts go on fast-food menus, orders dip a bit," 6 Nov. 2019 After declining overall from 1970 to 2004, colorectal cancer death rates among 20- to 54-year-old adults in the United States climbed by 1% annually from 2004 to 2014, according to the study published in the medical journal JAMA in 2017. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Medical groups differ on when to start colon and rectal cancer screening. Here's why," 4 Nov. 2019 But this incident proved unique and caught the attention of the medical journal. BostonGlobe.com, "Marijuana Moment is a wire service assembled by Tom Angell, a marijuana legalization activist and journalist covering marijuana reform nationwide. The views expressed by Angell or Marijuana Moment are neither endorsed by the Globe nor do they reflect the Globe’s views on any subject area.," 1 Nov. 2019 Customers at fast-food chains in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas ordered an average of 60 fewer calories per transaction in the weeks after the figures were displayed, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal, BMJ. NBC News, "After calorie counts go on fast-food menus, orders dip a bit," 31 Oct. 2019 Customers at fast-food chains in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas ordered an average of 60 fewer calories per transaction in the weeks after the figures were displayed, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal, BMJ. Washington Post, "After calorie counts go on fast-food menus, orders dip a bit," 30 Oct. 2019 That ranges from reading the occasional article or medical journal of interest, reviewing film to self-evaluate and pick up the weaknesses of opposing defensive linemen, playing the guitar or spending time with his fiancée, Hannah Guilbeault. oregonlive, "The Thinker: Calvin Throckmorton is the Oregon Ducks’ multifaceted mauler at many positions on the offensive line," 18 Oct. 2019 Nora Keegan is a thirteen-year-old who was just published in a medical journal after discovering hand dryers may be hurting children’s ears. Tom Puthiyamadam, Quartz at Work, "What my 10-year-old taught me about industry innovation," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of journal

Noun

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

Verb

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for journal

Noun

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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journal

noun

Financial Definition of journal

What It Is

In the finance world, journal is short for journal entry. It is also short for The Wall Street Journal.

How It Works

Journal entries are records of individual financial transactions in a company's accounting system. Due to the standards of double-entry bookkeeping, journal entries typically involve a debit to one or more accounts and a credit to one or more accounts in the same amount. For example, the journal entry for the purchase of a $20,000 fleet vehicle might reflect a $20,000 increase in assets and a corresponding $20,000 decrease in cash.

Why It Matters

Journal entries are the heart and soul of accounting. Accountants must know how to make them correctly so that a company's financial transactions are recorded accurately and in turn convey correct information to shareholders, analysts and other stakeholders. When the books don't balance or there is an error in the numbers, accountants often go back to the journal entries to find out what went wrong. In this way, journal entries are a sort of diary for companies.

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journal

noun
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

journal

noun
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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