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[dahy-uh-ree] /ˈdaɪ ə ri/
noun, plural diaries.
a daily record, usually private, especially of the writer's own experiences, observations, feelings, attitudes, etc.
a book for keeping such a record.
a book or pad containing pages marked and arranged in calendar order, in which to note appointments and the like.
Origin of diary
1575-85; < Latin diārium daily allowance, journal, equivalent to di(ēs) day + -ārium -ary
Can be confused
dairy, diary.
1, 2. journal, daybook, log, chronicle. Unabridged
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  • The idea that has borne fruit was this: During the period of his service in the war he had kept a diary.

    Sword and Pen John Algernon Owens
  • From this date until the close of July there is no record in Dr. Ryerson's diary.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Of course they did discover it, and went to bed giggling; but as they kept no diary the world never learned it.

    London Walter Besant
  • I can't imagine why Aunt Jemima thought I should like a diary.

  • Mr. Brunel thus refers to it in his diary:—Got through it very tolerably, which I consider great things.

British Dictionary definitions for diary


noun (pl) -ries
a personal record of daily events, appointments, observations, etc
a book for keeping such a record
Word Origin
C16: from Latin diārium daily allocation of food or money, journal, from diēs day
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Word Origin and History for diary

1580s, from Latin diarium "daily allowance," later "a journal," neuter of diarius "daily," from dies "day" (see diurnal); also see -ary. Earliest sense was a daily record of events; sense of the book in which such are written is said to be first attested in Ben Jonson's "Volpone" (1605).

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