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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a record of events, especially a yearly record, usually in chronological order.
  2. historical records generally: the annals of war.
  3. a periodical publication containing the formal reports of an organization or learned field.
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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

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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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Related Words for annals

journal, publication, archives, history

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British Dictionary definitions for annals


pl n
  1. yearly records of events, generally in chronological order
  2. history or records of history in general
  3. regular reports of the work of a society, learned body, etc
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Derived Formsannalist, nounannalistic, adjective

Word Origin for annals

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


  1. the recorded events of one yearSee also annals
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Word Origin and History for annals


1560s, from Latin annales libri "chronicles," literally "yearlies, yearly books," noun use of plural of annalis "pertaining to a year," from annus "year" (see annual (adj.)).

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rare singular of annals (q.v.).

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