com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compilation (audio) also -ˌpī- \

Definition of compilation

1 : the act or process of compiling the annual compilation of data
2 : something compiled a compilation of hit songs a compilation of vehicular accident reports

Examples of compilation in a Sentence

The CD is a compilation of greatest hits. the slow compilation of data
Recent Examples on the Web The footage is a compilation of videos from a cellphone, a home security camera, a dashboard camera and the officer's body camera, which was deactivated during the struggle. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 14 Apr. 2022 Spotify agreed and, as of Monday, Mitchell and Young’s work is only available on Spotify as part of compilation albums. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2022 By comparison, during the previous 20 years of Grammy nominations, Grammy voters chose only seven scores, 13 compilation albums and seven songs to compete in those three categories. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 17 Dec. 2021 Two compilation albums will also be available to stream on October 8. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 Since then, Scott has made some 12 projects, including studio albums, live albums, compilation albums, and even a remix album. Kovie Biakolo, Glamour, 19 Aug. 2021 Since then, the group has released nine studio albums, six compilation albums and six EPs. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 13 May 2021 During the 2020 presidential race, Kurland quarterbacked the digital compilation albums, Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Volumes 1 and 2, which raised more than $550,000 for voter’s rights organizations. Jordan Kurland, Billboard, 4 Dec. 2020 Some of his music has been released on compilation albums, assisting in fundraisers for various local causes. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of compilation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compilation

see compile

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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compilation (audio) \

Legal Definition of compilation

: a collection of preexisting materials and data so arranged to form a new original work under the law of copyright

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