[ jur-nl ]
/ ˈdʒɜr nl /


verb (used without object)

to write self-examining or reflective journal entries, especially in school or as part of psychotherapy: Students should journal as part of a portfolio assessment program.

Nearby words

  1. jounce,
  2. jour.,
  3. jourdan,
  4. jourdan, jean baptiste,
  5. journ.,
  6. journal box,
  7. journal bronze,
  8. journal intime,
  9. journalese,
  10. journalism

Origin of journal

1325–75; Middle English < Old French journal daily (adj. and noun) < Late Latin diurnālis diurnal

Related formsjour·nal·ar·y, adjectivejour·nal·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for journal


/ (ˈdʒɜːnəl) /


a newspaper or periodical
a book in which a daily record of happenings, etc, is kept
an official record of the proceedings of a legislative body
  1. Also called: Book of Original Entryone of several books in which transactions are initially recorded to facilitate subsequent entry in the ledger
  2. another name for daybook
the part of a shaft or axle in contact with or enclosed by a bearing
a plain cylindrical bearing to support a shaft or axle

Word Origin for journal

C14: from Old French: daily, from Latin diurnālis; see diurnal

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Word Origin and History for journal



mid-14c., "book of church services," from Anglo-French jurnal "a day," from Old French jornel, "day, time; day's work," noun use of adjective meaning "daily," from Late Latin diurnalis "daily" (see diurnal). Meaning "book for inventories and daily accounts" is late 15c.; that of "personal diary" is c.1600, from a sense found in French. Meaning "daily publication" is from 1728.

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