WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
jour•nal /ˈdʒɜrnəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a daily record that is written down, usually in a small book, of things that happen, things one sees, or things one thinks about:to keep a journal.
  2. a daily newspaper.
  3. a periodical or magazine, esp. one devoted to a special interest:a business journal.
See -jour-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
jour•nal  ( jûrnl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations:She kept a journal during her European trip.
  2. a newspaper, esp. a daily one.
  3. a periodical or magazine, esp. one published for a special group, learned society, or profession:the October issue ofThe English Journal.
  4. a record, usually daily, of the proceedings and transactions of a legislative body, an organization, etc.
  5. Business[Bookkeeping.]
    • a daybook.
    • Business(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, Naval Termsa log or logbook.
  7. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]the portion of a shaft or axle contained by a plain bearing.
journal•ar′y, adj. 
journal•ish, adj. 
  • Late Latin diurnālis diurnal
  • Old French journal daily (adjective, adjectival and noun, nominal)
  • Middle English 1325–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

journal /ˈdʒɜːnəl/ n
  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. Also called: Book of Original Entry one of several books in which transactions are initially recorded to facilitate subsequent entry in the ledger
  5. the part of a shaft or axle in contact with or enclosed by a bearing
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French: daily, from Latin diurnālis; see diurnal

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