al·​bum | \ ˈal-bəm How to pronounce album (audio) \

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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Over here in the United States, bossa nova became a full-blown phenomenon with the runaway success of Gilberto’s 1962 album with jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "João Gilberto sang lullabies to the future," 7 July 2019 So why is David Crosby—77 years old and a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entrant, as a member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash—releasing albums at a feverish clip, dropping four in the past five years? Alan Paul, WSJ, "David Crosby Is Making Songs as He Faces the End," 6 July 2019 Lopez has toured negligibly since her emergence in the late '90s, instead immersing in TV and film work between album projects and — most recently — holding down a nearly three-year Las Vegas concert residency. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jennifer Lopez gets festive at Little Caesars Arena in first-ever Detroit concert," 6 July 2019 Whether traveling or staying home, there were plenty of candid photo album-worthy moments to be shared. Paula Rogo, Essence, "How Our Favorite Black Celebs Spent the July 4th Holiday," 5 July 2019 The deal, reportedly valued at more than $300m, includes the entire six-album catalogue of Taylor Swift, a pop star. The Economist, "Business this week," 5 July 2019 Capital Crows has been playing together since 2016, and has produced one album to date. Steve Smith,, "Acoustic Show Coming July 20," 5 July 2019 Fittingly, her 2014 album Food included songs titled Friday Fish Fry and Jerk Ribs. Kristin Braswell, Bon Appétit, "Singer Kelis on Selling Hot Sauce and Starting a Sustainable Farm in Colombia," 2 July 2019 Jenner treated her daughter to two birthday parties including a massive celebration dubbed Stormi World, a play on Travis Scott's Astroworld album. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Rep Shuts Down Rumors That Jenner Is Pregnant Again," 28 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce album (audio) \

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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