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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Someone get Michael Bolton a pillow! The Grammy-winning artist, 65, appeared on Australia’s The Morning Show to talk all the details of his new album, A Symphony of Hits. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Um, Did Michael Bolton Just Fall Asleep on Live TV?," 6 Feb. 2019 The project stalled, and Springsteen instead recorded the number and put it on what became his hit album of the same name. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special makes this a great weekend for The Indian Runner," 14 Dec. 2018 The song was instantly well received by fans which only added to the hype for Grande's new album Sweetener, due out Aug. 17. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Pete Davidson's Excited Reaction To Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Is Adorable," 13 July 2018 Some highlights: Big Red Machine Longtime partners in ideas and artistic expression, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National showcased songs from their new collective album Friday night. Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 1 music," 7 July 2018 Others further theorize that the 12 steps on the staircase symbolize the 12 tracks on an album. Vogue, "Taylor Swift Lovingly Trolls Fans Hoping for a Big Secret Album Announcement," 27 Feb. 2019 Janelle Monae, an album of the year nominee, onstage at the Grammys. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Kacey Musgraves Wins Album of the Year at the Grammys," 11 Feb. 2019 Live Albums use Google’s object recognition technology to automatically identify specific people or pets and group them together into an album. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google Photos doubles limit for Live Albums," 20 Dec. 2018 Somewhere in this expanse there might be a decent album — one that could have existed with a little vision. Aidin Vaziri,, "Album review: Drake’s sprawling ‘Scorpion’ lacks sting," 7 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'album.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about album

Dictionary Entries near album






album board


Statistics for album

Last Updated

20 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for album

The first known use of album was in 1612

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for album



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


Medical Definition of album

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on album

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for album

Spanish Central: Translation of album

Nglish: Translation of album for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of album for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about album

Comments on album

What made you want to look up album? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!