[ an-lz ]
/ ˈæn lz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

a record of events, especially a yearly record, usually in chronological order.
historical records generally: the annals of war.
a periodical publication containing the formal reports of an organization or learned field.
See also annal.

Origin of annals

1555–65; (< Middle French) < Latin annālēs (librī) literally, yearly (books), plural of annālis continuing for a year, annual, equivalent to ann(us) a year + ālis -al1

Definition for annals (2 of 2)

[ an-l ]
/ ˈæn l /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for annals (1 of 2)

/ (ˈænəlz) /

pl n

yearly records of events, generally in chronological order
history or records of history in general
regular reports of the work of a society, learned body, etc

Derived forms of annals

annalist, nounannalistic, adjective

Word Origin for annals

C16: from Latin (librī) annālēs yearly (books), from annus year

British Dictionary definitions for annals (2 of 2)

/ (ˈænəl) /


the recorded events of one yearSee also annals
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