Definition of daybook in US English:



  • 1An account book in which a day's transactions are entered for later transfer to a ledger.

    • ‘Daniel Burnap's daybooks and ledgers record the sale of forty-nine clocks over a twenty-year period.’
    • ‘Entries in the daybook show date of purchase, name of purchaser, items bought and cost.’
    • ‘During the 19th century account numbers began to replace slashes to indicate posting of daybook entries.’
    • ‘Further contact with his descendants yielded daybooks from about 1881, when he started up business as an independent craftsman.’
    • ‘The daybook entries of Potter and Allen in Oakham, Massachusetts, for example, include entries for moccasins, mats, and baskets in the 1830s.’
    • ‘The shopkeeper's role as a banker is also evident from several entries recorded in the daybook during 1796.’
    • ‘A vet is required to keep all records of testing in daybooks filled in at the time of the test’
    • ‘When he turned twenty-one, he began to keep a daybook in which he listed everything he owed and everything owed him.’
    • ‘One of the many entries in the daybook carefully records the number of gallons of whiskey and cider used to pay Dabney Carr, the nephew of Thomas Jefferson.’
    • ‘The front page of one of the daybooks includes a heading for a ‘butter account’.’
    • ‘Swan appears as a customer in Revere's daybooks every year between 1782 and 1787.’
    • ‘The daybook kept by Joshua Shipman, a cabinetmaker, records a brisk business between 1796 and 1803.’
    notepad, notebook, pad, memo pad, exercise book, binder
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    1. 1.1North American A diary.
      • ‘The history of upper-class folk in the Old South is documented through journals, diaries, daybooks, and material possessions.’
      • ‘I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to dig out my daybook from a seminar five years ago.’
      • ‘In a daybook or journal, begin to keep a record of interesting character names and place names related to your community.’
      • ‘If this reader wants to be like Ink, she can begin by writing some short opinion pieces in a daybook.’
      • ‘‘All the writing in the daybook is a form of talking to myself, a way of thinking on paper,’ says Murray.’
      • ‘It's all routine, all noted in my daybook, and much if not all of it has happened before.’
      • ‘Consequently, I then began to read the therapist notes, the daybooks, and the expert reports by a variety of mental health professionals.’
      • ‘A daybook, or journal, can be a seedbed for ideas.’
      • ‘I still carried home a daybook full of things I want to remember, put into practice, take to heart, and share with others.’
      • ‘I returned home with a daybook bulging with inspiration.’
      • ‘Robert has checked his daybook - his survey was at end Sept. 93.’
      diary, day-by-day account, daily record, log, logbook, weblog, blog, vlog, moblog, yearbook
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