noun (used with a plural verb)

  1. a record of events, especially a yearly record, usually in chronological order.
  2. historical records generally: the annals of war.
  3. a periodical publication containing the formal reports of an organization or learned field.


  1. a record of events of a particular year: an annal of the year 753.
  2. a single record or entry in a historical chronicle: A later scribe has added to the annal.
  3. one of the periodic formal reports of an organization or learned field: The proceedings will be published as an Annal of the Academy.

pl n

  1. yearly records of events, generally in chronological order
  2. history or records of history in general
  3. regular reports of the work of a society, learned body, etc


  1. the recorded events of one yearSee also annals

1560s, from Latin annales libri “chronicles,” literally “yearlies, yearly books,” noun use of plural of annalis “pertaining to a year,” from annus “year” (see annual (adj.)).


rare singular of annals (q.v.).

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