journal Definition

  • 1a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary
  • 2a newspaper or magazine dealing with a particular subject or professional activity

Using journal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "journal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wrote in her journal every night before going to bed.

  • Example

    The Wall Street Journal is a popular financial newspaper.

  • Example

    I subscribed to a journal that publishes articles on environmental science.

  • Example

    He kept a journal of his travels around the world.

journal Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using journal

  • to regularly write down one's thoughts, experiences, or observations in a diary or journal


    Keeping a journal can help you reflect on your life and gain insight into your thoughts and feelings.

  • to be disorganized or poorly structured, resembling a personal diary rather than a coherent narrative


    The book was interesting, but it read like a journal with no clear plot or structure.

  • the adherence to ethical standards and principles in reporting news and information


    The journalist was praised for her journalistic integrity in reporting the facts accurately and objectively.

Phrases with journal

  • an academic paper published in a scholarly journal


    She presented her research findings in a journal article.

  • a written record of a single event or occurrence in a journal or diary


    Her journal entry for that day described her feelings of sadness and loneliness.

  • the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast


    He studied journalism in college and now works as a reporter for a local newspaper.

Origins of journal

from Old French 'jurnal', meaning 'daily'


Summary: journal in Brief

The term 'journal' [ˈdʒɜːrnəl] refers to a daily record of personal news and events, or a publication that deals with a specific subject or professional activity. Examples include 'She wrote in her journal every night before going to bed.' and 'The Wall Street Journal is a popular financial newspaper.' Phrases like 'journal article' and 'journalistic integrity' extend its usage, while idioms like 'keep a journal' and 'read like a journal' denote personal reflection and disorganization, respectively.

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