long-play·​ing ˈlȯŋ-ˈplā-iŋ How to pronounce long-playing (audio)
: designed to be played at 33¹/₃ revolutions per minute
used of a microgroove record

Examples of long-playing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mainland China’s cinema box office recorded its lowest weekend revenue in over 12 months, at just $21 million, leaving a crop of long-playing titles largely unchanged at the top of the chart. Patrick Frater, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 Hipgnosis epitomized how the packaging of music on long-playing vinyl discs created a new expressive form. Armond White, National Review, 23 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of long-playing was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Long-playing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-playing. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or being a phonograph record designed to be played at 33⅓ revolutions per minute
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