Definition of diary in English:
noun (plural diaries)
1A book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences.
- 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.
1.1British A book with spaces for each day of the year in which one notes appointments or information.
- 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.
1.2A column in a newspaper or magazine giving news or gossip on a particular topic: the City Diary
More example sentences
- 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'.