Definition of diary in English:



  • 1A book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences.

    • ‘All participants completed a stress scale questionnaire and kept a daily food diary.’
    • ‘A written symptom diary was completed each morning, and spirometry was performed twice daily.’
    • ‘In either case, keep a diary or other written record of events.’
    • ‘After all, she couldn't deny that she'd read a secret diary or two in her day.’
    • ‘Eligible patients completed a baseline headache diary for four weeks.’
    • ‘You may recall that on his recent tour, Eric Idle kept a witty, engrossing day-to-day online diary.’
    • ‘How can anyone touched by the eloquent pages of Anne Frank's diary become an anti-Semite?’
    • ‘Throughout the study, participants kept a daily symptom diary and completed a quality-of-life questionnaire.’
    • ‘Particularly interesting is that this diary was begun exactly nine years ago today.’
    • ‘The diary reveals all of her feelings that she doesn't want anyone to see.’
    • ‘A video diary was kept during the trip and has been used to produce a TV documentary.’
    • ‘His diary records the belief that the British would easily defeat the Japanese.’
    • ‘I shall write in this diary every night, so that if something happens, there'll at least be some kind of record.’
    • ‘I was reading Mother's diary, and in one entry she admitted her secret.’
    • ‘It is difficult to be inspired to keep up with a pen and paper diary because it takes so long to finish each entry.’
    • ‘During all this time every half hour I faithfully updated the electronic diary the consumer people sent me.’
    • ‘A travel diary recording all activities is also required to be kept by members in these circumstances.’
    • ‘Nelson's well-chosen diary extracts are, apart from anything else, hilarious.’
    • ‘If the student writes an online diary on an external website, we won't know unless the student tells us.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the diaries reveal a later life of flamboyant perversity.’
    journal, memoir, chronicle, log, logbook, weblog, blog, vlog, day-by-day account, daily record, history, annal, record, moblog
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    1. 1.1British A book with spaces for each day of the year in which one notes appointments or information.
      • ‘They said they had been able to place appointments in his diary for their clients, with the help of his constituency secretary who had also worked for Beattie.’
      • ‘In fact, Himmler's appointments book and diaries, where extant, come as close as most people would require to demonstrating what the Final Solution was all about.’
      • ‘To avoid any repetition of this nightmare I have put a note in my diary to use my mobile to ring the Speaking Clock in five months' time.’
      • ‘I jumped out of the driver's seat and made an appointment in my diary, got the dog out, shut the boot and off we went for a walk.’
      • ‘Like most people I used to keep a personal diary for appointments etc in the form of something called paper.’
      • ‘His business partner Diarmuid Lennon is now managing director of the company, which produces magazines, yearbooks and diaries.’
      • ‘You got an alphabetised phone and address book, an appointments diary and a basic notepad so you could jot down short text pieces.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, she has a full diary of counselling appointments, just as on any other day.’
      • ‘Make a note in your diary of the consultation dates and go along and let your view be known.’
      • ‘What I would love you to do though, is to make a note in your diaries of two special dates right now.’
      • ‘In reality, it was Mr Kerry who refused to make space in his diary.’
      • ‘And whilst I may or may not be asked to sing in any of them myself, I'll definitely be putting a note in my diary to go along.’
      • ‘I bet York architect Phil Bixby and North Yorkshire garden designer Rosie Allisstone don't have acres of virginal white space in their diaries.’
      • ‘I phoned your office and was told that you had not booked the appointment in your diary and that you were feeling ill.’
      • ‘Achieving a toehold in America remains an objective and he intends to explore this option with appointments already in his diary to meet distributors.’
      • ‘All gardeners should have some quiet time in their horticultural diaries to give them space to reflect.’
      • ‘You should not be foolish enough to venture on to the British rail network with anything like a scheduled appointment in your diary.’
      • ‘His green eyes darkened as he stared at the diary, its cover slightly damaged by water that had long since evaporated.’
      • ‘Mark it down in your diaries and we'll have more news in the coming weeks with regard to the entertainment and guests of honour on the night etc.’
      • ‘Make a note in your diary for the next series in May 2005, and remember that without the BBC that was we wouldn't have such priceless gems.’
      appointment book, engagement book, organizer, personal organizer, calendar, agenda
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    2. 1.2A column in a newspaper or magazine giving news or gossip on a particular topic.
      ‘the City Diary’
      • ‘More about the big night in Tooreen in next week's diary page.’
      • ‘Jenson Button will share his thoughts on every single race in an exclusive diary for Five Live.’
      • ‘Last week, in the letters page to the Daily Telegraph, he wrote to defend the Edinburgh group from an item which appeared in a diary column.’
      • ‘Not only is he Cambodia's top boxing journalist, he is a diary writer for the capital's biggest newspaper.’
      • ‘This column, like all diaries, is fond, indeed much enamoured, of the legal profession.’
      • ‘The possible participation of Camilla Parker Bowles has occupied column inches in the diaries of The Times and the Daily Telegraph all week.’
      • ‘The diary has gone, but a four-page news roundup section has been added.’
      • ‘Diary columns are a popular home for more subtle anti-gay hatred.’
      • ‘We will have a full report on the night in next week's diary page.’
      • ‘Balance is important; no newspaper is exclusively politics or celebrity gossip, so the diary cannot be that way either.’
      • ‘The next day he'd even got the story in some of the newspaper diaries.’
      • ‘He was a particular favourite of mine when I was writing diary columns.’
      • ‘I don't expect any of them to review it, and so far none of them have, but I thought it might get a mention in a diary column here and there.’
      • ‘Richard Wild is going to be the subject of my BBC News Online diary this week.’
      • ‘Yet in the news pages, entertainment columns and social diaries of the same publications, the celebrity cycle continues to turn.’
      • ‘Great news for regular diary readers - Swiss Radio Man is alive and well, and greeted the BBC team in familiar fashion on Monday.’
      • ‘The diary column recalled the days of ‘sparrow shoots’ which were particularly popular in north Craven.’
      • ‘By good luck, there was a vacancy on Peterborough, the paper's diary column.’
      • ‘The diary column reported on an elderly Dales farmer who was taking only his second holiday away from the farm, a week in Morecambe.’
      • ‘Charlie's first column appears next week and the diary awaits his musings with interest.’


Late 16th century: from Latin diarium, from dies day.