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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.

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. 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.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

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

  3. Thomas Carlyle:

    Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books

  4. Mark Green:

    Mr. Obama supports transvestites in uniform but you can not have a bible on your desk, saying it disrupts good order in the military, next thing you know we will be sending hundreds of millions to our enemy. Oh wait we've already done that. This guy's attack on the military and the values which create and sustain its success is unsurpassed in the annals of history and reason.

  5. Mitt Romney:

    What we have done to The Kurds will stand as a bloodstain in the annals of American history.

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