journal

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noun

jour·​nal ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

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verb

journaled; journaling; journals

transitive + intransitive

: 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
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 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
The smooth writing style is perfect for the heavier-weight paper used in planners and journals. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 14 June 2024 Per a new study in the scientific journal Nature, researchers and paleogeneticists discovered that the victims who were buried at the site, on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, were either closely related or young boys — between 3 and 6 years old. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 14 June 2024
Verb
Though she’s been in the spotlight for her entire life, Lohan — who would journal and write poetry as a child, which eventually evolved into songwriting — feels more ready to release music than she’s ever been. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 There was another study conducted in 2003 of 100 young adults who were asked to journal for 15 minutes about a distressing event or simply about their day twice a week. Tess Brigham, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for journal 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1803, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Journal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journal. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

journal

noun
jour·​nal ˈjərn-ᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio)
1
a
: a brief account of daily events : diary
b
: a record of the happenings of a conference or a legislative body
2
a
: a daily newspaper
b
: a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group
Etymology

Noun

Middle English journal "a religious service book containing the day hours," from early French jurnal (same meaning), from jurnal (adjective) "daily," derived from Latin diurnus "of the day, daily," from dies "day" — related to diary, journey see Word History at journey

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