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  1. a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations: She kept a journal during her European trip.
  2. a newspaper, especially a daily one.
  3. a periodical or magazine, especially one published for a special group, learned society, or profession: the October issue of The English Journal.
  4. a record, usually daily, of the proceedings and transactions of a legislative body, an organization, etc.
  5. Bookkeeping.
    1. a daybook.
    2. (in the double-entry method) a book into which all transactions are entered from the daybook or blotter to facilitate posting into the ledger.
  6. Nautical. a log or logbook.
  7. Machinery. the portion of a shaft or axle contained by a plain bearing.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

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. 2018

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  1. a newspaper or periodical
  2. a book in which a daily record of happenings, etc, is kept
  3. an official record of the proceedings of a legislative body
  4. accounting
    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
  5. the part of a shaft or axle in contact with or enclosed by a bearing
  6. 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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