n.An impartial record of an organization's events, proceedings, and actions.A personal account of events in the individual's life.In double-entry bookkeeping, a record containing original entries of daily transactions, as distinguished from a ledger.A periodical, especially one of a scholarly nature or published for a professional group.


Journal1 connotes entries made for each day business occurred; for many organizations, no entries would be made on weekends. The Constitution requires the House of Representatives to keep a journal of floor proceedings. The journal records actions taken but unlike The Congressional Record it does not contain the substance of discussion. - Journal2 also connotes daily entries. Some people distinguish journals from diaries, the former containing terse entries about events and the latter also including observations and opinions of a reflective nature.