Definition of diary in English:

diary

noun

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

    • ‘I was reading Mother's diary, and in one entry she admitted her secret.’
    • ‘A video diary was kept during the trip and has been used to produce a TV documentary.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the diaries reveal a later life of flamboyant perversity.’
    • ‘In either case, keep a diary or other written record of events.’
    • ‘Eligible patients completed a baseline headache diary for four weeks.’
    • ‘A travel diary recording all activities is also required to be kept by members in these circumstances.’
    • ‘If the student writes an online diary on an external website, we won't know unless the student tells us.’
    • ‘Throughout the study, participants kept a daily symptom diary and completed a quality-of-life questionnaire.’
    • ‘How can anyone touched by the eloquent pages of Anne Frank's diary become an anti-Semite?’
    • ‘All participants completed a stress scale questionnaire and kept a daily food diary.’
    • ‘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 written symptom diary was completed each morning, and spirometry was performed twice daily.’
    • ‘Nelson's well-chosen diary extracts are, apart from anything else, hilarious.’
    • ‘After all, she couldn't deny that she'd read a secret diary or two in her day.’
    • ‘You may recall that on his recent tour, Eric Idle kept a witty, engrossing day-to-day online diary.’
    • ‘His diary records the belief that the British would easily defeat the Japanese.’
    • ‘The diary reveals all of her feelings that she doesn't want anyone to see.’
    • ‘Particularly interesting is that this diary was begun exactly nine years ago today.’
    • ‘I shall write in this diary every night, so that if something happens, there'll at least be some kind of record.’
    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.
      • ‘There is news this week of a couple of races for your diary - neither has received much publicity elsewhere.’
      • ‘What I would love you to do though, is to make a note in your diaries of two special dates right now.’
      • ‘Pulling out the small spiral diary, she opened it up to the first page.’
      • ‘Achieving a toehold in America remains an objective and he intends to explore this option with appointments already in his diary to meet distributors.’
      • ‘Having the radio operator's diary from her father's unit, she knew where to go.’
      • ‘In reality, it was Mr Kerry who refused to make space in his diary.’
      • ‘All gardeners should have some quiet time in their horticultural diaries to give them space to reflect.’
      • ‘His business partner Diarmuid Lennon is now managing director of the company, which produces magazines, yearbooks and diaries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Make a note in your diary of the consultation dates and go along and let your view be known.’
      • ‘I bet York architect Phil Bixby and North Yorkshire garden designer Rosie Allisstone don't have acres of virginal white space in their diaries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, she has a full diary of counselling appointments, just as on any other day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You should not be foolish enough to venture on to the British rail network with anything like a scheduled appointment in your diary.’
      • ‘The unveiling of the police memorial has been in the news diaries for months and its significance hasn't changed.’
      • ‘His green eyes darkened as he stared at the diary, its cover slightly damaged by water that had long since evaporated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You got an alphabetised phone and address book, an appointments diary and a basic notepad so you could jot down short text pieces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like most people I used to keep a personal diary for appointments etc in the form of something called paper.’
      • ‘Now, after a winter away from performing, Suzy has a diary full of engagements once more.’
      • ‘I phoned your office and was told that you had not booked the appointment in your diary and that you were feeling ill.’
      appointment book, engagement book, organizer, personal organizer, calendar, agenda
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    2. 1.2 A column in a newspaper or magazine giving news or gossip on a particular topic.
      ‘the City Diary’
      • ‘Jenson Button will share his thoughts on every single race in an exclusive diary for Five Live.’
      • ‘This column, like all diaries, is fond, indeed much enamoured, of the legal profession.’
      • ‘We will have a full report on the night in next week's diary page.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Great news for regular diary readers - Swiss Radio Man is alive and well, and greeted the BBC team in familiar fashion on Monday.’
      • ‘Yet in the news pages, entertainment columns and social diaries of the same publications, the celebrity cycle continues to turn.’
      • ‘Not only is he Cambodia's top boxing journalist, he is a diary writer for the capital's biggest newspaper.’
      • ‘The diary column reported on an elderly Dales farmer who was taking only his second holiday away from the farm, a week in Morecambe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Richard Wild is going to be the subject of my BBC News Online diary this week.’
      • ‘The diary has gone, but a four-page news roundup section has been added.’
      • ‘He was a particular favourite of mine when I was writing diary columns.’
      • ‘Balance is important; no newspaper is exclusively politics or celebrity gossip, so the diary cannot be that way either.’
      • ‘Charlie's first column appears next week and the diary awaits his musings with interest.’
      • ‘The next day he'd even got the story in some of the newspaper diaries.’
      • ‘More about the big night in Tooreen in next week's diary page.’
      • ‘Diary columns are a popular home for more subtle anti-gay hatred.’
      • ‘By good luck, there was a vacancy on Peterborough, the paper's diary column.’
      • ‘The diary column recalled the days of ‘sparrow shoots’ which were particularly popular in north Craven.’
      • ‘The possible participation of Camilla Parker Bowles has occupied column inches in the diaries of The Times and the Daily Telegraph all week.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

diary

/ˈdʌɪəri/