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 The group's debut album in 1999 earned a Grammy nomination. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Latest contestant on NBC's 'Songland' is a Winans family member carrying on the hit tradition," 23 May 2020 Because of rules of eligibility (25 years after your first official release), every current inductee released their first album or single prior the World Wide Web going mainstream and long before streaming was a thing. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hits digital high note during pandemic," 16 May 2020 Last year, Sony Music Turkey released Rajabian’s most recent album, Middle Eastern. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "For a dissident musician in Iran, Covid-19 quarantine is just another day," 8 May 2020 Another change: They were set to release their third album, Women in Music Pt. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "The Haim Sisters' Favorite Things Include $7 Sweatpants, Love Island, and Amy's Frozen Pizzas," 29 Apr. 2020 The trio was scheduled to release the album on May 1. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Dixie Chicks postpone release of new album ‘Gaslighter’," 22 Apr. 2020 In February, the label passed the milestone of releasing its 100th album. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "World music: From a globetrotter’s Queens apartment to your ears," 13 Apr. 2020 Arthur independently recorded and released his first album in 2018. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "What 'American Idol' Never Revealed About Dibesh Pokharel (A.K.A. Arthur Gunn)'s Past," 12 Apr. 2020 The singer, whose name is Aimee Duffy, released her second album Endlessly in 2010 and recorded songs for the 2015 film Legend. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Grammy-winning artist Duffy says she was drugged for weeks, taken to another country, and raped," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Album.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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