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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: journal 'daily', from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus 'of the day'

journal

noun
     
jour‧nal [countable]
1TCN a serious magazine produced for professional people or those with a particular interest:
the British Medical Journal
2AL a written record that you make of the things that happen to you each day [= diary]:
He decided to keep a journal.
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


See also
book

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