- The definition of journal is a diary you keep of daily events or of your thoughts or a publication dealing with a specific industry or field.
- An example of a journal is a diary in which you write about what happens to you and what you are thinking.
- An example of a journal is the New England Journal of Medicine, in which new studies are published that are relevant to doctors and medicine.
A woman writes in her journal.
journal definition by Webster's New World
- a daily record of happenings, as a diary
- a record of the transactions of a legislature, club, etc.
- a daily newspaper: often used in newspaper titles
- any newspaper or periodical, as one dealing with scientific or professional matters
- a book of original entry, used in the double-entry system, for recording all transactions, in the order in which they occur, with an indication of the special accounts to which they belong
Origin: orig. ScotMech. the part of a rotary axle or shaft that turns in a bearing
Origin: Middle English book containing forms of worship for the day hours (Little Hours) ; from Old French literally , daily ; from Classical Latin diurnalis ; from dies, day (see deity): journalsense probably via Italian giornale, of same origin, originally
journal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.b. An official record of daily proceedings, as of a legislative body.c. Nautical A ship's log.
- Accounting a. A daybook.b. A book of original entry in a double-entry system, listing all transactions and indicating the accounts to which they belong.
- A newspaper.
- A periodical presenting articles on a particular subject: a medical journal.
- The part of a machine shaft or axle supported by a bearing.
Origin: Middle English, breviary, from Old French, daily, breviary, from Late Latin diurnālis, daily; see diurnal.