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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: diarium, from dies 'day'

diary

noun
     
di‧a‧ry plural diaries [countable]
1TCN a book in which you write down the things that happen to you each day [= journal]:
Inge kept a diary (=wrote in a diary) during the war years.
diary entry (=what you have written for a particular day)
2 especially British EnglishTCN a book with separate spaces for each day of the year, in which you write down the meetings, events etc that are planned for each day [= calendar American English]
Did you put the meeting date in your diary?
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


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