Examples of an almanac include the Time Almanac and the Farmers' Almanac.
- a yearly calendar of days, weeks, and months, with astronomical data, weather forecasts, etc.
- a book published annually, containing information, usually statistical, on many subjects
Origin of almanacMiddle English almenak ; from Medieval Latin almanachus ; from Late Greek almenichiaka, calendar, uncertain or unknown; perhaps of Coptic origin, originally
- An annual publication including calendars with weather forecasts, astronomical information, tide tables, and other related tabular information.
- A usually annual reference book composed of various lists, tables, and often brief articles relating to a particular field or many general fields.
Origin of almanacMiddle English almenak, from Medieval Latin almanach, from medieval scientific Arabic al-mana&hlowbrev;, the calendar : Arabic al-, the + medieval scientific Arabic mana&hlowbrev;, calendar (variant of Arabic muna&hlowbrev;, halting place, caravan stop (probably applied metaphorically to the position of celestial bodies), abode, from ’ana&hlowbrev;a, to make (a camel) lie down, from na&hlowbrev;a, to lie down, rest; see nw&hlowbrev; in Semitic roots).
Old French almanach, from Medieval Latin almanachus, from Andalusian Arabic [script?] (almanak, “almanac, calendar”), from Arabic المناخ (al-manāx, “climate”), from Late Ancient Greek ἀλμενιχιακά (almenikhiaka, “calendar”), probably ultimately of Coptic origin. Possibly the central syllable -man- is cognate with moon and month, or else was influenced by Proto-Indo-European *mens- (“moon, month”), from Proto-Indo-European base *me- (to measure).