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


journaled; journaling; journals

Definition of journal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 journal (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 Editor's note: Carmel's John-Michael Mulloy will submit journal entries for IndyStar during the Butler Bulldogs' tour of Italy and Greece. John-michael Mulloy, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2022 Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers reading a journal entry during his testimony before the January 6th Committee about Donald Trump's efforts to pressure him to overturn the election results in his state. ABC News, 31 July 2022 Shires writes journal entries, highlighting any couplets or interesting potential verses. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 28 July 2022 In the days that followed, journal entries and YouTube posts of the gunman, as well as statements from people who knew him, revealed a portrait of a troubled 18-year-old who may have plotted the shooting for months. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Charlotte could have just written an angry journal entry or complained in long texts to friends back home. Jeremy C. Fox,, 9 July 2022 Australians use medical marijuana primarily for pain, anxiety and sleep problems, according to a 2022 study published in the journal Frontiers of Pharmacology. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 The giant ibis, along with other physically distinctive birds of extreme shapes and sizes, is more likely to be lost in the current biodiversity crisis, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Current Biology. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Yet a 2014 study published in the journal Weather, Climate and Society found that 27% of Maricopa County cooling centers were often filled at less than 5% capacity. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for journal


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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