- 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.
- 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 of journalorig. ScotMech. the part of a rotary axle or shaft that turns in a bearing
Origin of journalMiddle 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
- 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 of journalMiddle English, breviary, from Old French, daily, breviary, from Late Latin diurnālis, daily; see diurnal.
(comparative more journal, superlative most journal)
- (obsolete) Daily.
- A diary or daily record of a person, organization, vessel etc.; daybook.
- A newspaper or magazine dealing with a particular subject.
- (engineering) The part of a shaft or axle that rests on bearings.
- (computing) A chronological record of changes made to a database or other system; along with a backup or image copy that allows recovery after a failure or reinstatement to a previous time; a log.
(third-person singular simple present journals, present participle journaling, simple past and past participle journaled)