[ awl-muh-nak ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a publication containing astronomical or meteorological information, usually including future positions of celestial objects, star magnitudes, and culmination dates of constellations.

  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use almanac in a sentence

  • I won't pretend to have exhausted the almanacs here, but a quick tally suggests he got his number right.

  • Since that he has made his almanacs without weatherwise sayings, leaving every man to guess for himself.

  • He isn't one of these raw hayseeds who hands you chestnuts out of patent medicine almanacs.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • English books are few; among the cheapest items, service-books and ballads, Christmas carols, and almanacs are common.

    Prices of Books | Henry B. Wheatley
  • Astrological almanacs and treatises are sold by the tens of thousands, and astrological superstitions are still current.

    The Astronomy of the Bible | E. Walter Maunder

British Dictionary definitions for almanac


/ (ˈɔːlməˌnæk) /

  1. 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

Origin of almanac

C14: from Medieval Latin almanachus, perhaps from Late Greek almenikhiaka

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