air·​play ˈer-ˌplā How to pronounce airplay (audio)
: the playing of a musical recording on the air by a radio station
a song getting a lot of airplay

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jonathan Smith and Casey Beathard were also writers on the song, which was certified as platinum and topped Billboard charts for Christian airplay and Christian adult contemporary. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2023 The nominations for Premio Lo Nuestro are based on Uforia radio airplay during the eligibility period of Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 23 Jan. 2023 Bryan landed his 30th career No. 1 airplay single with UMG in December. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Jan. 2023 In the modern era where streaming is king, this Mobile rapper’s exploits weren’t as easy to follow as simply checking the airplay charts. Ben Flanagan |, al, 29 Dec. 2022 The songs got some local airplay, but sales may not have cracked double digits. Noah Schaffer,, 28 Sep. 2022 Digital downloads drove her new Rick James–sampling single to the top with 89,000 purchases, along with 21.1 million streams and 4.6 million radio-airplay audience impressions. Vulture, 22 Aug. 2022 Born This Way—has been receiving considerable airplay, even charting in the Billboard Top 40, more than a decade after its release. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 31 Dec. 2022 Furthermore, in a longstanding legal quirk, terrestrial radio airplay generates royalties only for songwriters, not for recording artists. Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airplay was in 1942

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“Airplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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