Definition of journal
1a : a record of current transactions; especially : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeepingb : an account of day-to-day eventsc : a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use : diaryd : a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative bodye : log 3f : log 4
2a : 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>
3 : the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing
Examples of journal in a sentence
I've been keeping a journal for several years.
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
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
Definition of journal for Students
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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