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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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Still, the song leans more toward personal than political, and is included on Barber’s debut EP, Million Eyes. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2023 The singer-songwriter, 27, released the five-song EP Boys of Faith (via Warner Records) on Friday, just several weeks after dropping his major label debut album American Heartbreak. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2023

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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 4 Oct. 2023.

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