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  1. a record of events of a particular year: an annal of the year 753.
  2. a single record or entry in a historical chronicle: A later scribe has added to the annal.
  3. one of the periodic formal reports of an organization or learned field: The proceedings will be published as an Annal of the Academy.
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Origin of annal

back formation from annals
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Historical Examples

  • The names of five hanged on the same day at Pomfret are given in Annal.

    The Bruce

    John Barbour

  • 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 first notice of London found in authentic history occurs in Tacitus, Annal.

British Dictionary definitions for annal


  1. 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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