- a daily record of happenings, as a diary
- a collection of one's thoughts or observations, written over time as on a particular topic or as a creative exercise
- 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 journalME, book containing forms of worship for the day hours (Little Hours) from OFr, literally , daily from Classical Latin diurnalis from dies, day (see deity): journalsense probably via Italian giornale, of same origin, originally