/ ˈôlməˌnak; ˈal-/
(also, esp. in titles, al·ma·nack)
an annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.
an annual handbook containing information of general interest or on a sport or pastime.
Especially in China
, an annually published lunar calendar containing weather and harvest prognostications, lucky and unlucky days, festival dates and birthdays of the gods, moral maxims, and, most thumbed, a variety of fortune-telling systems. In the West, almanacs were originally connected with astrology
, suggesting a rational order in the cosmos.
an annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables. Recorded from late Middle English, the word comes via medieval Latin from Greek, but ultimately is of unknown origin.
XIV. — medL. almanac(h)
, 1267). Its origin remains unknown.