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
Recent Examples on the Web Halsey has, at last, announced the release of her next album. Allure, 8 July 2021 The announcement comes a few days before the anniversary of his first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, released last July. Cydney Lee, Vulture, 8 July 2021 Nigerian singer Wizkid has announced a North American tour in support of his album Made in Lagos, released last October. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2021 What's the status of your second album in real life? Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 Since the release of her debut album in the late 90s, Blige has also pursued a career in acting, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Okla Jones, Essence, 27 June 2021 My Life, which remains not only one of her most personal and raw album to date—touching on her experiences in an abusive relationship, struggles with addiction, and more—but also effectively changed the course of hip-hop and soul music. Christian Allair, Vogue, 24 June 2021 In March of 2020, the Drive-By Truckers were in the early stages of a lengthy tour set to promote the release of their 12th studio album The Unraveling. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The post-breakup ballad was followed with the announcement of Rodrigo's debut album Sour, released May 21. Vanessa Etienne,, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of album

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for album

earlier, "book in which signatures, epigrams, verse, etc., are inscribed as mementos," borrowed from New Latin (short for album amīcōrum "register of friends"), going back to Latin, "the color white, white tablet or noticeboard, official list or register," noun derivative from neuter of albus "white, light-colored, fair, transparent," perhaps going back to Indo-European *h2elbho- "white," whence also Umbrian alfu, neuter accusative plural, "white," Greek alphós "skin disorder manifested as white spots, probably vitiligo"

Note: The reconstruction of *h2elbho- with *h2e is necessary as long as Indo-European a is not admitted, but nothing else appears to support the reconstruction. The etymon has been implicated in the Celtic derivative nominal base *albii̯o- "world," whence Welsh elfydd "world, earth, land, country" (Old Welsh elbid, Middle Welsh eluit) and the Gaulish divine name Albiorīx, literally, "world-king." According to this hypothesis, *albii̯o- forms a counterpart to Celtic *dubno- (> *dumno-) "world," whence Old Irish domun "world," Gaulish Dumnorīx, a personal name, literally, "world-king." Originally these two etyma would have denoted distinct entities, *albii̯o-, from *albho- "white," being the lighter, brighter upper world (compare semantically Old Church Slavic světŭ "light, world"); *dubno-, on the other hand, nominalized from the adjective *dubno- "deep" (whence Old Irish domain "deep," Welsh dwfn), denoted the depths of the earth and bodies of water (see deep entry 1). Attempts have been made, with varying degrees of acceptance, to link *albho- "white" with other etyma, as a Germanic and Slavic word for "swan" (Old English aelbitu [Corpus and Epinal glossaries], ylfetu, Middle High German albiz, elbiz, Old Icelandic ǫlpt, genitive alptar, Russian lébedʼ, Polish łabędź, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian lȁbūd); also with a variety of geographical names, as Latin Albis "the river Elbe" and other river names (compare Old Icelandic elfr "river," Danish elv, Swedish älv), Latin Alpēs "the Alps"; and with Germanic *albi-, *alba-, name of a mythological being (see elf).

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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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