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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

Etymologies

Latin (librī) annālēs, yearly (books), annals, pl. of annālis, yearly, from annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French annales, from Latin annales libri ("chronicles"), from annalis ("pertaining to a year"), from annus ("year") + libri, genitive of liber ("book"). Compare with annual. (Wiktionary)

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