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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The profile might be pegged to a celebrity’s new project, whether a film, album or some sort of charitable undertaking. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 8 June 2019 Working at the Chicago Sun-Times as the newspaper’s pop music critic in 2000, DeRogatis received a fax after reviewing Kelly’s then-latest album. Christian Holub,, "Soulless author Jim DeRogatis explains the case against R. Kelly," 7 June 2019 White has been playing since the 1960s, influenced by folk and blues acts including the Kingston Trio, Chet Atkins, Mississippi John Hurt, and Little Richard, and later by the Grateful Dead’s acoustic albums. Steve Smith,, "‘BluesGrass’ Show Coming To Welles-Turner Library," 6 June 2019 The Who’s album celebrates its 50th anniversary in this year. Shirley Macfarland,, "The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opens Spotlights Theater’s new building addition: Talk of the Towns," 6 June 2019 The first single from Love’s debut album, LA’s first garage rock band, and one of the legendary acts to perform regularly on the Sunset Strip. USA TODAY, "Playlist: Jakob Dylan's Laurel Canyon favorites," 6 June 2019 The Backstreet Boys put out a No. 1 album in January and just wrapped a Las Vegas residency. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How the Jonas Brothers Grew Up and Got Cool," 6 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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