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

One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo a month after the outbreak began believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal last month. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019 Since her DJ Tanner days, Candace has added author to her résumé, putting pen to paper for a total of five inspirational books, one children’s book, and an interactive journal. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 The case for optimism on 2 degrees The forum also includes a response from economist Michael Grubb, a professor at University College London and editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 At the volume’s core stands a series of lectures Mr. Fumaroli delivered at the Collège de France over the course of four decades, complemented by journal articles and book chapters, and ably translated by Lara Vergnaud. Laura Auricchio, WSJ, "‘The Republic of Letters’ Review: A Network of Open Minds," 25 Dec. 2018 The impact factor is based on the average number of times that a journal’s articles are cited over the past two years. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Complex networks study ranks the most influential films of all time," 3 Dec. 2018 These are described in a paper published in the journal Current Biology in 2016. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "That adorable baby bear clip captures the dark side of wildlife videos," 6 Nov. 2018 Evidence of such payments came from conflict-of-interest statements in journal articles that those authors published near the time of their advisory role. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 As a thorough Migration Policy journal article from last year laid out, the reality is a bit more complicated. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies Highlight Obama’s Missteps," 20 June 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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