from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A chronological record of the events of successive years.
- n.pl. A descriptive account or record; a history: "the short and simple annals of the poor” ( Thomas Gray).
- n.pl. A periodical journal in which the records and reports of a learned field are compiled.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of annal.
- n. A relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened.
- n. Historical records; chronicles; history.
- n. A periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as Annals of Science.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened.
- n.pl. Historical records; chronicles; history.
- n.pl. The record of a single event or item.
- n.pl. A periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A history or relation of events recorded year by year, or connected by the order of their occurrence.
- Hence Any formal account of events, discoveries, transactions of learned societies, etc.
- Historical records generally.
- Synonyms History, Chronicle, etc. See history, also list under chronicle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reports of the work of a society or learned body etc
- n. a chronological account of events in successive years
The term annals, though often confused with chronicles, nevertheless indicates a different class.
Almost all come from monastic or mendicant milieux, and are passages in annals or chronicles of the writer's abbey.
Harun al-Rashid received emissaries from the Emperor Charlemagne (See 800), a fact noted in Latin annals but not in Arabic ones.
Lord Bolingbroke, the Mashams, Marlboroughs, Swift, Addison, Pope, and the host of brilliant men which makes the reign of one of the feeblest women who ever sat on a throne a period of almost pre-eminent interest in English annals to men of cultivated mind subject to the influence of association.
Not entirely unremembered in Alaskan annals is the summer stampede of 1898 from Fort Yukon to the bench diggings of Tarwater Hill.
The Pleiades are mentioned in Chinese annals in 2357 B.C.
By grace of character she was a model constitutional sovereign, and her benign reign, the longest in English annals, contributed more than the policy of any of her ministers to make the monarchy popular and permanent.
Wellington at once resumed the offensive; Ciudad Rodrigo fell before him on January twelfth, 1812, and on April eighth, after one of the bravest and bloodiest assaults recorded in English annals, Badajoz also was carried.
They are first mentioned in Japanese annals in A.D. 549, when a number of them arrived by boat on the north of Sado Island and settled there, living on fish caught during spring and summer and salted or dried for winter use.
This comparison is partially vitiated, however, by the fact that there is no tradition of a deluge in Japanese annals, though such phenomena are like ly to occur occasionally in all lands and to produce a great impression on the national imagination.