Meaning of journal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒəːn(ə)l/

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  • 1A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.

    ‘medical journals’
    • ‘the Wall Street Journal’
    • ‘Shane Rhodes has published poetry, essays and reviews in magazines, journals and newspapers across Canada.’
    • ‘Craft spends her professional hours surrounded by thousands of academic journals, magazines and newspapers.’
    • ‘She reads novels, newspapers, medical journals and science periodicals, and as a writing instructor, she reads teaching books.’
    • ‘She has also published in journalism magazines and academic journals.’
    • ‘Medical journals, newspapers, and popular magazines brim with reports about the adverse effects of obesity.’
    • ‘That's one of the advantages of publishing your studies in newspapers instead of medical journals.’
    • ‘Edwards approached all the leading liberal newspapers and journals with a copy of the transcript.’
    • ‘In common with many other German newspapers, the weekly journal originally had criticised and rejected the American war plans.’
    • ‘Any journal dealing with biological subjects will inevitably include discussions of issues related to evolution.’
    • ‘An article in a newspaper or professional journal may suggest an issue for research.’
    • ‘Wilson has written many articles for magazines and medical journals.’
    • ‘Trade union journals, newspapers, and journalists are an important part of Australian political and cultural history.’
    • ‘Her work was published in newspapers and journals as well as her books.’
    • ‘The exhibition drew more than forty-one thousand people and was reviewed in newspapers and journals across the country.’
    • ‘Many of the Army's professional journals have ceased publication and more are fading away.’
    • ‘This advice is totally inappropriate for publication in a professional journal.’
    • ‘Her poetry has been published in variety of journals, magazines and anthologies.’
    • ‘Our military journals and newspapers could make an important contribution here.’
    • ‘They are commonly published in the popular press and magazines, specialist journals, and the internet.’
    • ‘Television, newspapers, magazines, and journals all carried their visions for the future.’
    periodical, publication, magazine, gazette, digest, professional organ, review, newsletter, news-sheet, bulletin
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  • 2A daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary.

    ‘while abroad he had kept a journal’
    • ‘Some people call them journals, or diaries, but to Dylan, they were neither.’
    • ‘It's a journal, a diary, an online record of your likes, your loathes, your jokes and your photos.’
    • ‘Interpreting a person's life from journals left behind is a dangerously misguided exercise.’
    • ‘During World War Two, military personnel were strictly forbidden to keep journals or diaries.’
    • ‘My personal journals, the ones that contain the stuff that doesn't appear on here, go through months of being untouched and not-updated.’
    • ‘He kept personal journals in precise Arabic script behind false panels in the ceiling of his library.’
    • ‘I flipped through the journal, but the rest of the pages were blank.’
    • ‘Vicki sighed and traced his phone number in her journal with her mechanical pencil.’
    • ‘I've kept a book, a little journal, every year since my husband and I married, since 1977.’
    • ‘I'm trying to make sense of what appears at first sight to be the decline of the online journal.’
    • ‘I picked it up to see what I had hit, and to my surprise, it was Cam's journal.’
    • ‘Warren glanced down to the journal which was resting on the floor from when he had thrown it.’
    • ‘I want to talk a little more about the journal since that's the occasion for this conversation.’
    • ‘I was probably now just a little page in her journal of boyfriends.’
    • ‘The journal is a little treasure chest of data about your data.’
    • ‘Having completed this last morsel, I occupied myself for a little with my journal.’
    • ‘It contains books, journals, little cards and bookmarks.’
    • ‘Put your goals on paper and keep a running journal.’
    • ‘Then I wrote in my journal for a little bit, using entire pages to write angry ramblings and cuss words in huge, bold print.’
    • ‘He closed his journal and put it with the rest of his books.’
    diary, day-by-day account, daily record, log, logbook, weblog, blog, vlog, moblog, yearbook
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    1. 2.1Nautical A logbook.
      ‘Phelps, who first went to sea as a cabin boy in 1816, worked from original journals and logbooks now mostly lost.’
      • ‘Logbooks and journals reveal that in the nineteenth century it was common practice for Royal Navy vessels to pick up a complement of Kru sailors, or Kroomen, upon reaching the African coast.’
      • ‘The third, a naval journal or logbook from 1853-1854, reveals clashes with pirates in the Far East at the height of British imperial power.’
    2. 2.2the JournalsA record of the daily proceedings in the Houses of Parliament.
      • ‘Otherwise, I do not know how the Journals of the House would record it.’
    3. 2.3(in bookkeeping) a daily record of business transactions with a statement of the accounts to which each is to be debited and credited.
      ‘This is not a formal accounting journal with debits and credits.’
      • ‘Accounting organizes information in the form of documents, journals, ledgers, and reports.’
  • 3The part of a shaft or axle that rests on bearings.

    ‘The LS1 hydraulic roller camshaft has large bearing journals and a large-diameter base circle to minimize torsional twisting and stress.’
    • ‘Sizing the engine for its current displacement meant that the crankshaft lost four pounds, and could ride on smaller bearing journals.’
    • ‘The bit journal is the bearing load-carrying surface, as shown in Figures 4.5 and 4.6.’
    • ‘Hollow rod journals are a real asset for a long-stroke crankshaft.’
    • ‘The driving journals are lubricated by Franklin spreader-type grease cellars.’

verbverb journals, verb journaling, verb journaled

[no object]
  • Write in a journal or diary.

    ‘I journaled extensively during both periods’
    • ‘I need to start journaling again.’
    • ‘But I haven't journaled or blogged for nearly a week, and I feel all pent up.’
    • ‘Leave family, pets and friends behind and spend your time journaling, reading, writing letters, taking long walks - whatever helps you reconnect with yourself.’
    • ‘I've tried journaling in the past but never stuck with it.’
    • ‘So, start journaling today and see how much better you'll feel.’
    • ‘In my spare time, I like journaling and any kind of creative writing.’
    • ‘Perhaps I should stop journaling so that he doesn't eavesdrop on what I've written.’
    • ‘She journaled for a very long time, then rolled over in bed, turned off the lamp, and fell into a deep and peaceful sleep.’
    • ‘I've been journaling, writing letters (more email now), and generally messing around with words for a really long time.’


Late Middle English (originally denoting a book containing the appointed times of daily prayers): from Old French jurnal, from late Latin diurnalis (see diurnal).