1. A chronological record of the events of successive years.
2. A descriptive account or record; a history: "the short and simple annals of the poor" (Thomas Gray).
3. A periodical journal in which the records and reports of a learned field are compiled.
[Latin (librī) annālēs, yearly (books), annals, pl. of annālis, yearly, from annus, year; see at- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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