Definition of diary in English:
noun (plural diaries)
- In either case, keep a diary or other written record of events.
- All participants completed a stress scale questionnaire and kept a daily food diary.
- Throughout the study, participants kept a daily symptom diary and completed a quality-of-life questionnaire.
- You should not be foolish enough to venture on to the British rail network with anything like a scheduled appointment in your diary.
- You got an alphabetised phone and address book, an appointments diary and a basic notepad so you could jot down short text pieces.
- Like most people I used to keep a personal diary for appointments etc in the form of something called paper.
- The next day he'd even got the story in some of the newspaper diaries.
- Balance is important; no newspaper is exclusively politics or celebrity gossip, so the diary cannot be that way either.
- Yet in the news pages, entertainment columns and social diaries of the same publications, the celebrity cycle continues to turn.
late 16th century: from Latin diarium, from dies 'day'.
dial from (Middle English):
The earliest senses of dial were ‘a mariner's compass’, ‘sundial’, and ‘the face of a clock or watch’—all round objects marked out with gradations. The old slang meaning ‘a person's face’ would have been suggested by the fact that faces are roundish. The word's immediate source was medieval Latin diale ‘clock dial’, which came from Latin dies ‘day’, also the source of diary (late 16th century). See also clock
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