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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 of annals
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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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
n.

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.)).

annal

n.

rare singular of annals (q.v.).

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