- 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.
annals definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin annalis, plural annales ; from annus, year: see annual
annals definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Latin (librī) annālēs, yearly (books), annals, pl. of annālis, yearly, from annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.