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[dahy-uh-ree] /ˈdaɪ ə ri/
noun, plural diaries.
a daily record, usually private, especially of the writer's own experiences, observations, feelings, attitudes, etc.
a book for keeping such a record.
a book or pad containing pages marked and arranged in calendar order, in which to note appointments and the like.
Origin of diary
1575-85; < Latin diārium daily allowance, journal, equivalent to di(ēs) day + -ārium -ary
Can be confused
dairy, diary.
1, 2. journal, daybook, log, chronicle. Unabridged
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  • He thought of writing an online diary of his own but concluded that his life was too boring.
  • Letter-writing and diary-keeping were unusual, especially for commoners.
  • Fay's diary includes stories of close encounters with animals, near-starvation, and disease.
  • Keeping a diary and trying to keep active was part of the plan.
  • And the stories she shared in a diary showed she routinely put herself in situations the rest of us would do anything to avoid.
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  • It becomes an open diary or confessional booth, where inward thoughts are publicly aired.
  • Read a day-by-day diary of the ultralight-led whooping crane migration and discover more about this unique effort.
  • Some use it to engender political action, while others use it as a personal diary.
  • Keep a rolling diary of speaking engagements, media events, and conference appearances.
British Dictionary definitions for diary


noun (pl) -ries
a personal record of daily events, appointments, observations, etc
a book for keeping such a record
Word Origin
C16: from Latin diārium daily allocation of food or money, journal, from diēs day
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Word Origin and History for diary

1580s, from Latin diarium "daily allowance," later "a journal," neuter of diarius "daily," from dies "day" (see diurnal); also see -ary. Earliest sense was a daily record of events; sense of the book in which such are written is said to be first attested in Ben Jonson's "Volpone" (1605).

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