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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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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While appearing on Consequence of Sound’s Kyle Meredith With… podcast Friday, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter announced plans to release a new and final album in 2019. Joseph Longo,, "Sheryl Crow will release her final album in 2019," 2 July 2018 Since Drake dropped his new album, Scorpion, the world has been speculating about who his lyrics might actually be about. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Responded to Those Drake Dating Rumors," 30 June 2018 Elsewhere, at the age of 103, Parisian pianist Colette Maze has released her fourth studio album proving her hands still run smoothy across the keys. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, "Oldest winger in town: Veteran rugby player, 95, still scoring," 13 June 2018 Anniversary notwithstanding, this album is no history lesson. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Tricentennial Rag’ Review: A Paean to Traditional Jazz," 3 July 2018 Shebib, have both worn during the lead-up to the album. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Drake Released a New Album—and, Obviously, New Merch," 2 July 2018 Before her album was released, Cardi B began to garner attention as a regular castmember on the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Cardi B Makes History as First Female Rapper to Land Two No. 1 Singles," 2 July 2018 The 31-year-old Canadian rapper released his fifth album on Friday. CBS News, "Drake reveals he has a son in newest album "Scorpion"," 29 June 2018 Morris announced her second album in an interview with Zane Low of Beats 1 around the same time. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Maren Morris Explains How Post-Wedding Bliss Inspired Her New Album," 27 June 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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