[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. annabel,
  2. annabergite,
  3. annal,
  4. annalist,
  5. annalize,
  6. annam,
  7. annamese,
  8. annamite,
  9. annan,
  10. annapolis

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


[ 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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for annals


/ (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 Formsannalist, nounannalistic, adjective

Word Origin for annals

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


/ (ˈænəl) /


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