al·​bum | \ˈal-bəm \

Definition of album 

1a : a book with blank pages used for making a collection (as of autographs, stamps, coins, or photographs)

b : a cardboard container for a phonograph record : jacket

c : one or more recordings (as on tape or disc) produced as a single unit a 2-CD album

2 : a collection usually in book form of literary selections, musical compositions, or pictures : anthology

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Examples of album in a Sentence

She played a track from the group's latest album. a special anniversary album of his poetry published 100 years after his death

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Apple Music users will be able to ask Alexa to play favorite songs, artists, and albums, as well as any of the streaming service’s curated playlists and radio stations. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple Music is coming to Echo devices next month," 30 Nov. 2018 With each new album, the ladies of Twice show off exactly what those new looks are with colorful dye jobs and glitzy makeup. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 At the time of this interview, Dr. Martin was playing Beyoncé's Lemonade album, a fearless expression of a black woman's freedom. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 That archive still includes unlimited free streaming access to any album, EP, and single recorded under his various monikers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Conan O’Brien’s complete late-night TV archive will be posted online in January [Updated]," 13 Sep. 2018 McCartney tours as a signer/songwriter, while Lennon has worked on albums, film scores, and even plays with the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Sons Are Perfect Copies of Their Dads in This New Photo," 15 Aug. 2018 Commenters couldn't quite figure out if the athlete was joking or actually hinting at an album. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's Husband Mike Fisher Hints At 'New Music' in Instagram Post," 14 Oct. 2018 Here are some of the choice reactions, peppered in with a few jokes from the online Americans of Twitter: Remember when everyone got mad when Apple gave us a free U2 album? Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "President Trump Will Send You a Text Message This Afternoon And There's No Way to Opt Out," 3 Oct. 2018 Miller just released his fifth studio album, Swimming, last month. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Mac Miller Found Dead at 26 Following Reported Drug Overdose," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of album

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for album

Latin, a white tablet, from neuter of albus

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English Language Learners Definition of album

: a book with blank pages in which you put a collection of photographs, stamps, etc.

: a long musical recording on a record, CD, etc., that usually includes a set of songs


al·​bum | \ˈal-bəm \

Kids Definition of album

1 : a book with blank pages in which to put a collection (as of photographs, stamps, or autographs)

2 : one or more recordings (as on tape or disk) produced as a single collection


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