Definition of journal in English:


Line breaks: jour|nal
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːn(ə)l


  • 2A daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary: while abroad he had kept a journal
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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, day-by-day account, daily record, log, logbook, weblog, blog, vlog, moblog, yearbook; chronicle, register; notebook, commonplace book; annals, history; North American daybook
  • 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 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.
  • 3The 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.

verb (journals, journaling, journaled)

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  • Write in a journal or diary.
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    • I need to start journaling again.
    • But I haven't journaled or blogged for nearly a week, and I feel all pent up.
    • Leave family, pets and friends behind and spend your time journaling, reading, writing letters, taking long walks - whatever helps you reconnect with yourself.


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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