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Definition of Annals

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historical records, chronicles, archives
Annals Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n. pl.)
The record of a single event or item.
  
(n. pl.)
Historical records; chronicles; history.
  
(n. pl.)
A relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened.
  
(n. pl.)
A periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as "Annals of Science."
  
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annals
\an"nals\ (&?;), n. pl. [l. annalis (sc. liber), and more frequently in the pl. annales (sc. libri), chronicles, fr. annus year. cf. annual.]
1. a relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened. "annals the revolution." "the annals of our religion."
2. historical records; chronicles; history. the short and simple annals of the poor. it was one of the most critical periods in our annals.
3. sing. the record of a single event or item. "in deathless annal."
4. a periodic publication, containing records of discoveries, transactions of societies, etc.; as "annals of science."

for Vocabulary Exams of KPDS, YDS,UDS (in Turkey); and SAT in America
A record of events in their chronological order, year by year.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. reports of the work of a society or learned body etc
(hypernym) journal
2. a chronological account of events in successive years
(synonym) chronological record
(hypernym) history, account, chronicle, story
Annals Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Annals (Latin annalis, yearly from annus, a year) are a concise form of historical representation which record events chronologically, year by year. The Oxford English Dictionary defines annals as "a narrative of events written year by year". In The Content of Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, Hayden White discusses annals in contrast to chronicles and history, two other forms of historical representation. He claims that annals lack a "social center". A social center locates the list of events in time to a point of view, which would imply the moral importance of the events. In contrast to the chronicle, annals do not organize events by topics, such as the reigns of kings. Unlike history, the annal does not conclude and tie up all the loose ends, but simply terminates. The annalist leaves the recorded events unexplained and often one event has as equal weight as another. Furthermore, annalists represent events as happening to humankind, rather than human beings causing events.

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