au·​dio·​tape ˈȯ-dē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce audiotape (audio)
: a tape recording of sound

Examples of audiotape in a Sentence

The program was recorded on audiotape.
Recent Examples on the Web In a story that involves a parade, hidden audiotapes, the National Football League and a fight for recognition, Valley 101, a podcast about metro Phoenix and beyond, brings you a look into Mesa's history with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2024 Parents of 3-year-old students at New Haven’s Conte West Hills Magnet School gave investigators an audiotape taken from the classroom to back up their claims, police said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 The audiotapes, made available to The Washington Post, included criticism that went beyond other caustic comments contained in Ms. Trump’s book. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Beset by scandal — four criminal cases and the leak of an embarrassing secret audiotape in just four years — the Los Angeles City Council could take an important step toward transforming itself this week. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 An independent commission should be established to draw new district lines, avoiding any backroom dealing of the type exposed by the audiotape, the group’s interim report states. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Work your way up, start with the lower level, the most readily provable crimes, which of course are those of all the gazillions of people on videotape and audiotape easily identified committing crimes right in public with the attack on the Capitol, and then work your way up. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 The Papers of Ruth Handler, 1931-2002 — 35 file boxes, plus photographs, videotapes, and audiotapes — are housed at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Nicole Kagan,, 18 July 2023 Working with Tom Lee, Russell’s former partner, Knutson has sorted through more than 1,000 reels, cassette tapes and DATs (digital audiotapes) in Lee’s archive — music that collectively showcases Russell’s voracious musical appetite and intensely idiosyncratic process. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 7 July 2023

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Word History


audio- + tape entry 1

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of audiotape was in 1951

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“Audiotape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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au·​dio·​tape ˈȯd-ē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce audiotape (audio)
: a tape recording of sound

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