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A journal (through French from Latin diurnalis, daily) has several related meanings:

The word "journalist", for one whose business is writing for the public press and nowadays also other media, has been in use since the end of the 17th century.

Public journal[edit]

A public journal is a record of day-by-day events in a parliament or congress. It is also called minutes or records.

Business and accounting[edit]

The term "journal" is also used in business:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly, The Elements of Technical Writing, pg. 113. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1993. ISBN 0020130856