Meaning of Journal
A journal is a book of original entry which is used to record daily credit business transactions before transfer into a ledger.
Journal can also be defined as a book of prime entry which records business transactions on a daily basis into debit and credit before posting into a ledger.
Only daily credit business transactions are recorded in the journal. The recording of transactions in the journal is not a double-entry system.
Journal can also be called the following:
1. Book of prime entry.
2. Book of original entry.
3. Subsidiary book.
4. Book of first entry.
5. A daybook.