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 titles The Wall Street Journal
b : a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest an academic journal often used in titles The 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

Which is why a new study, published in the journal Nature, from Vincent Leung and colleagues at McMaster University has the potential to be a huge deal. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Vaccines that don’t need refrigeration could save a ton of lives," 5 June 2019 In the journal Nature on Wednesday, California astronomers shine a light on the 21-mile-wide (34-kilometer-wide) moon Hippocamp, named after the mythological sea horse. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Neptune’s newest, tiniest moon likely fragment of bigger one," 20 Feb. 2019 This discovery, detailed today in the journal Nature, marks another planet found around a relatively nearby star. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 The findings have been published in the scientific journal Nature. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Earliest human drawing discovered in South African cave," 13 Sep. 2018 More than 1,000 children are treated in the U.S. each year for accidental gunshot wounds, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics last year. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "4-year-old thought the gun was a toy. Now his little brother is dead, Virginia cops say | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Eugenics in America is important because the best medical journals and medical minds endorsed it. WSJ, "The Legacy of Eugenics Still Echoes in America," 12 May 2019 Use this time to get in touch with your intuition through something like a dream journal or meditation. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The very first mention of American Jews eating in a Chinese restaurant dates to 1899, when the American Hebrew journal criticized Jews for eating at non-kosher restaurants. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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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

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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