Origin of almanac
Examples from the Web for almanac
The Almanac also tells us it would be a good time to perform demolitions, if you had any of those planned.
Kornacki, on the other hand, appears to be far more comfortable with the kind of arcana found in The Almanac of American Politics.Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s Brainy Replacement for Chris Hayes, Just Wants to Be Useful|David Freedlander|March 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His only books were an almanac and an arithmetic, in which last he was considerably expert.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience|Henry David Thoreau
Twenty dollars even that you can't remember his name without looking in the almanac.Plunkitt of Tammany Hall|George Washington Plunkitt
Lilly's Almanac, the predecessor of Moore's and Zadkiel's, was carried on by him for six-and-thirty years.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
The heat-wave had put forward the almanac, and the Newport season was in full swing nearly a month in advance of its usual date.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
I stopped, considered, and consulted the almanac; it was exactly the 20th of March, and also Palm Sunday.The Inferno|August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for almanac
Word Origin for almanac
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].