- a record of events of a particular year: an annal of the year 753.
- a single record or entry in a historical chronicle: A later scribe has added to the annal.
- one of the periodic formal reports of an organization or learned field: The proceedings will be published as an Annal of the Academy.
Origin of annal
back formation from annals
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Examples from the Web for annal
The names of five hanged on the same day at Pomfret are given in Annal.The Bruce
See what Tacitus says of Nero in regard to this point, Annal.
It is not in annal form; only six dates are given as headings and events are not recorded in their chronological order.
From the romance to the annal, the observation holds good; it is an inalienable landmark, and of inviolable unanimity.The Round Towers of Ireland
The first notice of London found in authentic history occurs in Tacitus, Annal.Old English Chronicles
- the recorded events of one yearSee also annals
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Word Origin and History for annal
rare singular of annals (q.v.).
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