jour·​nal | \ˈjər-nᵊl \

Definition of journal 

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

e : log sense 3

f : log sense 4

3 : the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing

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Examples of journal in a Sentence

I've been keeping a journal for several years. She records her dreams in a journal.

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Her work has also been published in several academic journals, covering topics such as 9/11 and child abuse. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct?," 28 Sep. 2018 To be more competitive for grants, scientists have to publish their research in respected scientific journals. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.," 19 Sep. 2018 Death by dry ice is fairly unusual, but a few other examples have been recorded in medical journals. Antonia Farzan, The Seattle Times, "Dry ice exposure leads to death of Dippin’ Dots deliveryman’s mother in Pierce County," 31 July 2018 Once the campaign is completed and the data processed, NOAA plans to publish the finding in scientific journals and make the data publicly available. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "NOAA ‘heat island’ campaign to map which areas in D.C. and Baltimore swelter the most," 11 July 2018 Purdue bought more than $18 million worth of advertising in major medical journals that cheerily touted OxyContin. Fred Schulte,, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 His poetry appears in many literary journals, including Poet Lore, Off the Coast, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and Tule Review. Hartford Courant,, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 There were journals containing derogatory and threatening comments about Jewish people and black people, and comments suggesting frustration with the American government and the media. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Acid-tripping neo-Nazi from Missouri disabled train to ‘save it from black people,’ feds say," 13 July 2018 This echoes earlier findings from researchers at the University of Chicago published in a 2002 study in the American Economic Review journal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of journal

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

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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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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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 \

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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