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

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 Cosby, who was hired at Motown in '62 and also did time as a switchboard operator and album coordinator, said the family spirit extended well beyond the offices. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2022 Bad Bunny has 10 Latin Grammy nominations in seven categories, including album of the year, according to a New York Times report, and is now using his giant platform to address political and social issues in Puerto Rico. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2022 The song fared better than the duo’s album of the same name, and after a few more singles that were not successful, Friend & Lover disbanded and Mr. Post and Conn divorced. Richard Sandomir,, 24 Sep. 2022 At the moment, the musician is pretty busy, having released two albums during 2020, Folklore and evermore, and announcing yet another album for release this October titled Midnights. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 24 Sep. 2022 This week, the Latin Recording Academy unveiled the nominations for the 2022 Latin Grammys, where Bad Bunny leads the pack with 10 nods, including album of the year for his 11-week Billboard 200-topping Un Verano Sin Ti. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 24 Sep. 2022 Fifty years after its release, the album’s influence continues to be enormous. Jonathan Williger, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 This album was produced by Celso Fonseca, Leo Gandelman, Antonio Pinto, Jacques Morelenbaum, Bossacucanova, Luiz Brasil, and others. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 23 Sep. 2022 According to an Instagram post shared by Kiyoko in May 2022, the singer first met Tilley in 2018 at the release party for her debut album Expectations. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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

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