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annals

[an-lz] /ˈæn lz/
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.
See also annal.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; (< Middle French) < Latin annālēs (librī) literally, yearly (books), plural of annālis continuing for a year, annual, equivalent to ann(us) a year + ālis -al1
Synonyms
1, 2. chronicles, history.

annal

[an-l] /ˈæn l/
noun
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.
Origin
back formation from annals
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Examples for annals
  • There is a new installment in the annals of loneliness.
  • But this is simply an unusually blatant example to add to the annals of journalistic collusion with government.
  • In the annals of inventing, ingenuity and eccentricity often seem to go hand in hand.
  • It is easier to navigate the rectum, sigmoid, and left colon as discussed in the annals article.
  • In the annals of science fiction, humans and non-avian dinosaurs have been brought together in a variety of ways.
  • The annals of marketing and design are filled with tales of products that gained widespread popularity for unintended uses.
  • In the annals of life, insects are one of the great success stories.
  • The monastery's later annals are a catalog of desecrations.
  • There are countless examples of failure in the annals of technological history.
  • Until late last year the dealmaking had been safely consigned to the annals of shareholder-value destruction.
British Dictionary definitions for annals

annals

/ˈænəlz/
plural noun
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
Derived Forms
annalist, noun
annalistic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin (librī) annālēs yearly (books), from annus year

annal

/ˈænəl/
noun
1.
the recorded events of one year See also annals
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Word Origin and History for annals
annals
1560s, from L. annales libri "chronicles," lit. "yearly books," from pl. of annalis "pertaining to a year," from annus "year" (see annual). Annalize "record in annals" is attested from 1610s.
annal
rare; sing. of annals (q.v.).
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