I. plural noun 1. a record of events year by year • eighth-century Northumberland annals.
2. historical records • the annals of the police courts
‹figurative› the deed will live forever in the annals of infamy.
3. ( Annals) — used in titles of learned journals • Annals of Neurobiology.
– origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin annales (libri) ‘yearly (books)’, from annus ‘year’.