Definition of almanac in English:


(also almanack)


  • 1An annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.

    • ‘The almanacs played an important part in educating ordinary people about the advance of astronomy and the understanding of the universe.’
    • ‘No belief in astrology is needed to carry out such an investigation, only the birth-dates, an astronomical almanac, and a table of logarithms for working out the horoscope.’
    • ‘As foreshadowed above, many settlers and explorers would buy an annual almanac, containing notes of what was to be expected in the forthcoming year.’
    • ‘It was another Johannes, also a German, who in 1472 became the first person to print an astronomical almanac.’
    • ‘He took two steps over to the almanac calendar hanging next to the apothecary's chest, and peered at it thoughtfully.’
    • ‘Let's discount dog almanacs and tree almanacs and almanacs that predict the best day to harvest the crop so as not to upset the children of the corn.’
    • ‘In 1785 Méchain was asked if he would take over the editorship of the astronomical almanac Connaissance des temps.’
    • ‘I think this is a new astronomical landmark that all Linux users should ask to include in the astronomical almanac of the foreseen history of the Universe.’
    • ‘The lunar calendar and almanacs are also used to determine auspicious and inauspicious days for doing various endeavors, from starting a business, to getting married.’
    • ‘Because feast days in such almanacs and calendars were frequently written or printed in red, a red-letter day came to be a term for one that was special.’
    • ‘My second point of dissent is Dean's presupposition that parents were sufficiently informed, by almanacs, about planetary positions.’
    • ‘Other than that, I can't really account for the particular seasonal patterns in your relationship almanac, but I will say that three months does seem to be the normal human relationship gestation period.’
    • ‘I found these dewpoint figures by going to our Online weather almanac and going to the guides to the month-to-month weather for cities in Florida and Texas.’
    • ‘One member of this group happens to have an almanac with all the dates that are meaningful to him in whatever personal way - birthdays, anniversaries, etc. - circled in red.’
    • ‘Tycho also found time to provide an annual astrological almanac for King Frederick and to write detailed reports on the horoscopes of the king's children.’
    • ‘His fascination with the event led him to discover for himself when eclipses might occur using only an almanac and a book on geography.’
    • ‘If they are interested, they must be given the opportunity to have their future foretold before their eyes by the reading of their palms, or the decoding of the astrological signs of the Hindu almanac (patra).’
    • ‘I also learnt about the contradictory funeral monuments of the wonderful Elizabeth Hoby, and the way people used almanacs as frameworks for their ‘diaries’, also sometimes commenting when the weather forecast was wrong!’
    • ‘Of course, almanacs for the elite cannot be prepared without numbers and geometry, but the architecture as a whole can be disclosed by much simpler arguments; grade school experience suffices.’
    • ‘Maya astronomers observed the movements of the sun, moon, and planets, made astronomical calculations, and devised almanacs.’
    yearbook, calendar, register, annual, manual, handbook, compendium
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    1. 1.1 A handbook, typically published annually, containing information of general interest or on a sport or pastime.
      • ‘The editors expect to distribute 4.5 million copies of the three versions of the almanac: the 200-page retail version, a shorter promotional version and a Canadian version.’
      • ‘My favorite two genres of reading as a kid were atlases and almanacs.’
      • ‘Wisden owned a sporting goods and tobacconist shop in London's Leicester Square and in 1864 he brought out the first edition of his cricketers' almanac, which has been published every year since.’
      • ‘As well as his annual almanac, he produced a series of astrological and prophetic pamphlets.’
      • ‘Even though women had a lot of difficulty with their published works at this time, almanacs were one area of publishing where women were able to make some headway.’
      • ‘But annual league guides and almanacs take up more space on your bookshelves and credit cards than they are worth.’
      • ‘Each county page has an almanac style display with information related to the county, such as county seat, date formed, and origin of name.’
      • ‘I could look it up in the almanac, of course, but that's not the point - I should jolly well know.’
      • ‘Seldom did they see Faerie people or Leprecauns in their neck of the woods, so they did not want to miss the opportunity to examine these unexpected visitors for their encyclopedic almanac of the native peoples of the western hemisphere.’
      • ‘Among his library are almanacs and registers dating back to the 1800s, including Peter Henderson's 1887, Gardening for Profit, a series of sage advice penned over 100 years ago.’
      • ‘The alert urged police pulling over drivers for traffic violations, and conducting other routine investigations, to keep their eyes open for people carrying almanacs.’
      • ‘Since the almanack was first published in 1948, it has been a must for cricket lovers.’
      • ‘Curiously, when you consolidate their replies they tend to cluster around the actual figure as recorded in almanacs, yearbooks, and statistical returns.’
      • ‘In addition to cookbooks and advertising pamphlets, national magazines and almanacs offering household advice and recipes became ever more popular in the latter half of the 19th century.’
      • ‘I could find instant facts in encyclopedias and almanacs.’
      • ‘The more interesting parts of the almanack, however, can be found beyond the player profiles.’
      • ‘Prospective contestants take initiative not by worming into almanacs, but by pressing iron-ons to their clothing, making sweatshirts that read ‘I Love U Bob!’’
      • ‘Some almanac information, such as names of current heads of state, has been relegated to supporting Web sites that will presumably provide updates.’
      • ‘It has come to this: the FBI has warned law enforcement organizations across the country to beware of anyone carrying almanacs, particularly if the books have been annotated in suspicious ways.’
      • ‘Traversing the site, reading the information on composers, artists, works and a historical almanac, one seems to hop between several free servers and several styles of page.’


Late Middle English: via Old French and medieval Latin from Spanish Arabic al-manāḵ ‘the calendar’.