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ˈæn lzan·nals

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. annalsnoun

    reports of the work of a society or learned body etc

  2. annals, chronological recordnoun

    a chronological account of events in successive years


  1. annalsnoun

    A relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened.

  2. annalsnoun

    Historical records; chronicles; history.

  3. annalsnoun

    A periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as Annals of Science.

  4. Etymology: From annales, from annales libri, from annalis, from annus + libri, genitive of liber. Compare with annual.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANNALSnoun

    without singular number. Histories digested in the exact order of time; narratives in which every event is recorded under its proper year.

    Etymology: annales, Lat.

    Could you with patience hear, or I relate,
    O nymph! the tedious annals of our fate!
    Through such a train of woes if I should run,
    The day wou’d sooner than the tale be done! John Dryden, Virg.

    We are assured, by many glorious examples in the annals of our religion, that every one, in the like circumstances of distress, will not act and argue thus; but thus will every one be tempted to act. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. Annals

    Annals (Latin: annāles, from annus, "year") are a concise historical record in which events are arranged chronologically, year by year, although the term is also used loosely for any historical record.


  1. annals

    Annals are historical records or chronicles detailing events in the order of their occurrence, often year by year. They are typically associated with institutions like churches, universities, or governments and may include descriptions of social, economic, or political events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Annals

    a relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened

  2. Annals

    historical records; chronicles; history

  3. Annals

    the record of a single event or item

  4. Annals

    a periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as "Annals of Science."


  1. Annals

    Annals are a concise form of historical representation which record events chronologically, year by year. The Oxford English Dictionary defines annals as "a narrative of events written year by year". In The Content of Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, Hayden White discusses annals in contrast to chronicles and history, two other forms of historical representation. He claims that annals lack a "social center". A social center locates the list of events in time to a point of view, which would imply the moral importance of the events. In contrast to the chronicle, annals do not organize events by topics, such as the reigns of kings. Unlike history, the annal does not conclude and tie up all the loose ends, but simply terminates. The annalist leaves the recorded events unexplained and often one event has as equal weight as another. Furthermore, annalists represent events as happening to humankind, rather than human beings causing events.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Annals

    an′alz, n.pl. records of events under the years in which they happened: any historical work that follows the order of time in its narrations, separating them off into single years, as the Annals of Tacitus: historical records generally: year-books.—v.t. Ann′alise, to write annals: to record.—n. Ann′alist, a writer of annals. [L. annalesannus, a year.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. annals

    A species of military history, wherein events are related in the chronological order they happened. They differ from a perfect history, in being only a mere relation of what passes every year, as a journal is of what passes every day.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of annals in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of annals in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of annals in a Sentence

  1. Michael Weiss:

    It's just another addition to the sick and twisted annals of the way ISIS treats human beings.

  2. House Speaker William Howell:

    Governor McAuliffe’s executive order defies the plain text of the Constitution, flouts the separation of powers, and has no precedent in the annals of Virginia history.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.

  4. Douglas P Fish:

    Water is life. It is one of the earth's greatest resources. History is well documented on the ways of water. Wars have been fought over it, societies have risen up, societies have been removed, all throughout the annals of time.

  5. Samer Jaber:

    Just be careful, as your skin in that area will likely be sensitive and topical acne treatments can make this more irritated and even worse. FOGGY GLASSES Since face masks trap the breath and foster moist, humid environments, glasses wearersmay have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause your lenses to fog. In a 2011 study from the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, researchers advised washing the glasses with soapy water immediately before wearing a face mask. Face masks trap the breath and foster humidity so glasses wearers may have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause the lenses to fog. (iStock) After shaking off any excess water, let the spectacles air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a soft tissue before putting them back on. Now the spectacle lenses should not mist up when the face mask is worn, they wrote. Glasses fog because humidity can escape the mask and move upward, coming into contact with the lenses and causing them to fog. Placing a tissue under the top of your face mask can also help absorb some of the droplets, leading to clear lenses. Wearing a mask that can form to the bridge of your nose one with wire, for instance can help prevent the warm air from your mouth from reaching your lenses. DRY, CRACKED HANDS FROM FREQUENT WASHING Next, frequent hand washing, especially during the ongoing pandemic, can lead to skin feeling dry, irritatedor cracked. Preventing rough skin can be as simple as switching to a fragrance-free hand soap, which may contain fewer irritants. But Jaber also recommends carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands, suggesting a cream or an ointment rather than a lotion, as lotions are usually thinner and often contain alcohol. Experts advise carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands. (iStock) Lotions can be great, but creams or ointments are thicker. Vaseline is an ointment, and it really locks things in.

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