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almanac

An almanac is an annual publication devoted to the facts and statistics of a given subject. You might consult a sports almanac for the coming year's scheduled games, or information on your favorite (or least favorite) player.

The background of the noun almanac is somewhat hazy, with some suggesting it came from the Greek almenichiakon and others suggesting it came from the Spanish-Arabic al-manakh, both meaning "calendar." The astronomical almanac was once a book of permanent tables, with the annual version appearing in the 16th Century. Perhaps the most famous almanacs were Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, and the Farmer's Almanac, published continuously since 1792, which offers weather predictions as well as astronomical tables and gardening tips.

Definitions of almanac
  1. noun
    an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year
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    type of:
    annual, yearbook, yearly
    a reference book that is published regularly once every year
  2. noun
    an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    synonyms: farmer's calendar
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    type of:
    annual, yearbook, yearly
    a reference book that is published regularly once every year
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