Definition of journal in English:


Syllabification: jour·nal
Pronunciation: /ˈjərnl


1A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity: medical journals [in names]: the Wall Street Journal
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  • Shane Rhodes has published poetry, essays and reviews in magazines, journals and newspapers across Canada.
  • Craft spends her professional hours surrounded by thousands of academic journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • She reads novels, newspapers, medical journals and science periodicals, and as a writing instructor, she reads teaching books.
2A daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary.
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  • Some people call them journals, or diaries, but to Dylan, they were neither.
  • It's a journal, a diary, an online record of your likes, your loathes, your jokes and your photos.
  • Interpreting a person's life from journals left behind is a dangerously misguided exercise.
diary, daily record, daybook, log, logbook, chronicle
trademark daytimer
2.1 Nautical A logbook.
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  • Phelps, who first went to sea as a cabin boy in 1816, worked from original journals and logbooks now mostly lost.
  • Logbooks and journals reveal that in the nineteenth century it was common practice for Royal Navy vessels to pick up a complement of Kru sailors, or Kroomen, upon reaching the African coast.
  • The third, a naval journal or logbook from 1853-1854, reveals clashes with pirates in the Far East at the height of British imperial power.
2.2 (the Journals) A record of the daily proceedings in the British Houses of Parliament.
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  • Otherwise, I do not know how the Journals of the House would record it.
2.3(In bookkeeping) a daily record of business transactions with a statement of the accounts to which each is to be debited and credited.
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  • This is not a formal accounting journal with debits and credits.
  • Accounting organizes information in the form of documents, journals, ledgers, and reports.
3 Mechanics The part of a shaft or axle that rests on bearings.
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  • The LS1 hydraulic roller camshaft has large bearing journals and a large-diameter base circle to minimize torsional twisting and stress.
  • Sizing the engine for its current displacement meant that the crankshaft lost four pounds, and could ride on smaller bearing journals.
  • The bit journal is the bearing load-carrying surface, as shown in Figures 4.5 and 4.6.


late Middle English (originally denoting a book containing the appointed times of daily prayers): from Old French jurnal, from late Latin diurnalis (see diurnal).

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