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[awl-muh-nak] /ˈɔl məˌnæk/
an annual publication containing a calendar for the coming year, the times of such events and phenomena as anniversaries, sunrises and sunsets, phases of the moon, tides, etc., and other statistical information and related topics.
a publication containing astronomical or meteorological information, usually including future positions of celestial objects, star magnitudes, and culmination dates of constellations.
an annual reference book of useful and interesting facts relating to countries of the world, sports, entertainment, etc.
Origin of almanac
1350-1400; Middle English almenak < Medieval Latin almanach < Spanish Arabic al the + manākh calendar < ? Unabridged
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  • He should bring an almanac with him to know when the days go by.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He showed me an almanac, which had a great circulation in the district.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • I must positively get an almanac, papa, or I shall make confusion in my dates.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • I could as soon compose an almanac as and a clue to this puzzle.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
  • He took the almanac from Timothy Turtle and they both sat down.

    The Tale of Timothy Turtle Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Citoyenne, just cast your eye over your almanac, and you'll get the hang of it.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • In 1788 a ballad in an almanac brought the custom into popular ridicule.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Malkiel the First, who founded the almanac, lay perdew all his life.

British Dictionary definitions for almanac


a yearly calendar giving statistical information on events and phenomena, such as the phases of the moon, times of sunrise and sunset, tides, anniversaries, etc Also (archaic) almanack
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin almanachus, perhaps from Late Greek almenikhiaka
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Word Origin and History for almanac

late 14c., attested in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c., via Old French almanach or Medieval Latin almanachus, of uncertain origin. It is sometimes said to be from a Spanish-Arabic al-manakh "calendar, almanac," but possibly ultimately from Late Greek almenichiakon "calendar," which is said to be of Coptic origin.

This word has been the subject of much speculation. Originally a book of permanent tables of astronomical data; one-year versions, combined with ecclesiastical calendars, date from 16c.; "astrological and weather predictions appear in 16-17th c.; the 'useful statistics' are a modern feature" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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