from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual publication including calendars with weather forecasts, astronomical information, tide tables, and other related tabular information.
  • n. A usually annual reference book composed of various lists, tables, and often brief articles relating to a particular field or many general fields.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A book or table listing nautical, astronomical, astrological or other events for the year; sometimes, but not essentially, containing historical and statistical information.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A book or table, containing a calendar of days, and months, to which astronomical data and various statistics are often added, such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, eclipses, hours of full tide, stated festivals of churches, terms of courts, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A yearly calendar showing the correspondence between the days of the week and the days of the month, the rising and setting of the sun and moon, the changes of the moon and of the tides, and other astronomical data, and usually also the ecclesiastical fasts and feasts, chronological information, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
  • n. an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year


Middle English almenak, from Medieval Latin almanach, perhaps from Late Greek almenikhiaka, ephemeris, perhaps of Coptic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French almanach, from Medieval Latin almanachus, from Andalusian Arabic  (almanak, "almanac, calendar") > or, from Arabic المناخ (al-manāx, "climate"), from Late Ancient Greek ἀλμενιχιακά ("calendar"), probably ultimately of Coptic origin. Possibly the central syllable -man- is cognate with moon and month, or else was influenced by Proto-Indo-European *mens- (“moon, month”), from Proto-Indo-European base *me- (to measure). (Wiktionary)



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