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


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


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 Happy was part of a 2006 study published in the journal Science that described her ability to recognize herself in a mirror as evidence of human-like self-awareness. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "Siding with Bronx Zoo, judge rules Happy the elephant is not a person," 19 Feb. 2020 More than 34 statewide studies, including in Texas, have found that standardized test scores are higher in schools with strong library programs, according to a 2018 article in Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal for educators . Richard A. Marini,, "Classroom libraries at San Antonio’s Southwest High School help turn students who ‘hate’ books into readers," 17 Feb. 2020 On February 4th the Architectural Record, a trade journal, reported that it had been leaked a draft copy of an executive order the president intends to sign, ordering that new federal buildings should be designed in neoclassical style. The Economist, "Donald Trump threatens to bring his taste to government buildings," 8 Feb. 2020 Even if bars aren’t selling a lot of top-of-the-line beer, the strategy may have a different payoff, said Art Sutley, publisher of Bar Business Magazine, a trade journal. Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘That’s a Serious Beer’—New York Bars Put $100 Brews on Reserve Lists," 1 Feb. 2020 However, authorities found a journal layered with anti-Semitic writings and references to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Attorney claims accused Hanukkah attacker too incompetent to stand trial," 28 Jan. 2020 Take a Bullet Journal Class Many cities offer bullet journaling, the pen-and-paper practice of scheduling, organizing, and brainstorming in a journal, often using bullets. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "A Guide to Going Out for Introverts," 23 Jan. 2020 To get yourself into the habit of giving more weight to happy events, consider using a gratitude journal. Molly Longman,, "How To Actually Be Happier in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 But in this case, a wealthy segregationist stepped in, creating a foundation that kept funding researchers committed to race science and a journal (Mankind Quarterly) that would publish their work. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Superior pinpoints racism in science: Naive scientists plus strategic racists," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of journal


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


1803, in the meaning defined above

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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The first known use of journal was in the 15th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Journal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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