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abbreviation or noun

plural EPs
: a music recording that is typically longer than a single (see single entry 2 sense 1c(2)) and shorter than a full-length album
… a five-song EP by the South Korean boy band that clocks in under 15 minutes …Joe Coscarelli
Today, EPs look just like full-length CDs, except for the number of tracks. … Most EPs contain 30 minutes or so of music …Roger Catlin
There are plenty of reasons to make an EP—whether it's to … find a proper home for B-sides or serve as an introduction to an up-and-coming group before their official debut.Bonnie Stiernberg
… released a new extended play (EP) record.Mike Sunnucks

called also extended play


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estimated position
European plan

Examples of EP in a Sentence

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Thankfully, unlike some of the other colorful releases this year that hide their light under a bushel, the Sia EP comes in a see-through package, for purposes of display. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 The two first crossed paths in 2018, when Paul Wall visited his friend (and producer) Statik Selektah at Hub and began collaborating on songs that became their Give Thanks EP. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023 Last week, Morissette shared her Last Christmas holiday EP, featuring a new cover of the Wham! Spin Staff, SPIN, 9 Nov. 2023 Related How did Blink manage such a stellar showing a full three decades after their 1993 debut EP? Josh Glicksman, Billboard, 31 Oct. 2023 Since signing with Parkwood Entertainment in 2015, the sisters' careers soared with the release of their EP Sugar Symphony in 2016 and mixtape The Two of Us in 2017. Lia Beck, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 The song appears on Yoakam’s 1984 debut EP Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023 To Kill a Tiger premiere Documentary feature film To Kill a Tiger had its premiere screening in NYC on Thursday, with executive producer Dev Patel, writer/director Nisha Pahuja, EP Rupi Kaur and EP Shivani Rawat. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Oct. 2023 Sweet Magnolias showrunner and executive producer Sheryl J. Anderson will also be back, as will fellow EP Dan Paulson. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Abbreviation or noun

extended play

First Known Use

Abbreviation Or Noun

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of EP was in 1989

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“EP.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/EP. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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