au·​dio·​book | \ ˈȯ-dē-ō-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce audiobook (audio) \

Definition of audiobook

: a recording of a book or magazine being read aloud

Examples of audiobook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The explosion in audio books Smartphones and digital downloads have helped make audio recordings of books a billion-dollar industry, with more than 45,000 new audiobooks recorded last year alone. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 31)," 29 May 2020 Will Evans, who heads Deep Vellum Publishing, encourages readers to order books online at and audiobooks at Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "How to support your Dallas bookstores," 21 May 2020 When car games get old, listening to podcasts and audiobooks is another great way to pass the time. Marnie Hanel, New York Times, "How to Manage a Carsick Kid," 17 Apr. 2020 The 24-year-old usually listens to a podcast or audiobook while masking. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Actress Katherine McNamara Shares Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 30 Mar. 2020 Findings are based on a survey of about 1,000 U.S. adult podcast and audiobook listeners and ComScore data. Washington Post, "Ford extends Focus, Fiesta warranties," 15 Aug. 2019 Cardholders will be allowed to check out up to 10 books, two audiobooks and two movies, and the service is only available for cardholders. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite library launches curbside service," 14 May 2020 Audible's website, which essentially allows a user to buy audiobooks for less than $10 under various subscription plans, has opened many new worlds to me. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Beyond Netflix and Spotify, what subscriptions are worth keeping in quarantine?," 10 May 2020 Here are a few of our favorite walking apps and audiobooks to get the most out of your walking time. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'audiobook.' 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 audiobook

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for audiobook

audio- + book entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about audiobook

Time Traveler for audiobook

Time Traveler

The first known use of audiobook was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Statistics for audiobook

Last Updated

4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Audiobook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for audiobook

audio book


Kids Definition of audio book

: a recording of a book being read

More from Merriam-Webster on audiobook

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with audiobook

Comments on audiobook

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


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

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!