back catalog

variants: or back catalogue

Definition of back catalog

: a collection of less recent works produced by a particular artist or group or owned by a particular company If you've missed this remarkable guitarist or just want to own some of his back catalog on CD, Echoes is a flawlessly compiled record of a decade's worth of music.— Parke Puterbaugh, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 1993 If there's a chip on my shoulder about being in a band for 24 years, it might be that you drag your entire back catalog with you with every record that you release.— Michael Stipe, Spin, December 2004 Programming … will consist primarily of comedy and drama from the company's back catalogue and some acquisitions.— Jeff Kaye, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 1995

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of back catalog

1934, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about back catalog

Statistics for back catalog

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for back catalog

The first known use of back catalog was in 1934

See more words from the same year

Comments on back catalog

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


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!