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 An album is coming out, too, with songs inspired by the dolls. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "American Girl Is Bringing Back Its OG Line of Dolls for the Brand's 35th Anniversary," 4 May 2021 But what this is feels like is an attempt at an individualistic singer-songwriter album from someone who can’t shake the knack of writing songs that bigger stars can make their own. Keith Harris, Rolling Stone, "Julia Michaels Struggles to Make the Transition From Writer to Artist on ‘Not in Chronological Order’," 4 May 2021 Peacock's upcoming series Girls5eva, starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell as a reuniting '90s girl group, will release an accompanying soundtrack album via Epic Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "'Girls5eva' Soundtrack to Arrive With Peacock Series, Including Sara Bareilles-Penned Song: Exclusive," 3 May 2021 Coleman plans to put out an album, Goncalves wants to win a Grammy, and Wray has set her sights on achieving EGOT status. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol': Katy Perry borrows Orlando Bloom's ears for Tinker Bell fit, top 7 revealed," 3 May 2021 Welcome 2 America, an album originally recorded in 2010, is set to be released this July. Natalia Barr, WSJ, "From Doja Cat to Prince: the Best Songs You Should Be Listening to Right Now," 30 Apr. 2021 His newest group, the Daylilies, are preparing an album for the new local label Red on Red, which recently released a single by Linda Bean’s latest band, the Chelsea Curve., "Recalling when the magic happened at Presto Records," 29 Apr. 2021 Swift subsequently won album of the year for folklore at last month's Grammy Awards, becoming the first woman to win the award three times—and Alwyn is now officially listed as a Grammy winner too, as People reports. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift's Boyfriend Joe Alwyn Just Won a Grammy For His Work on 'Folklore'," 26 Apr. 2021 Obviously, putting together an album is a team effort and Swift already shared the award with producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, among others. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Boyfriend Joe Alwyn Just Won His First Grammy Award for His Work on Folklore," 25 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Album.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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