- 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
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1, 2. journal, daybook, log, chronicle.
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- a personal record of daily events, appointments, observations, etc
- a book for keeping such a record
C16: from Latin diārium daily allocation of food or money, journal, from diēs day
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Word Origin and History for diary's
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