The definition of annals are the written historical records of events, recorded chronologically by year.
An example of annals is a collection of books on the statistics and events of a town through the years.
- a written account of events year by year in chronological order
- historical records or chronicles; history
- any journal reporting discoveries in some field, meetings of a society, etc.
Origin of annalsClassical Latin annalis, plural annales from annus, year: see annual
- A chronological record of the events of successive years.
- A descriptive account or record; a history: “the short and simple annals of the poor” ( Thomas Gray )
- A periodical journal in which the records and reports of a learned field are compiled.
Origin of annalsLatin (librī) annālēs yearly (books), annals pl. of annālis yearly from annus year ; see at- in Indo-European roots.
- plural form of annal
- A relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened.
- Annals the revolution. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- The annals of our religion. -- Henry Rogers.
- Historical records; chronicles; history.
- The short and simple annals of the poor. -- Thomas Gray.
- It was one of the most critical periods in our annals. -- Edmund Burke.
- A periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as Annals of Science.