play·​list | \ ˈplā-ˌlist How to pronounce playlist (audio) \

Definition of playlist

: a list of recordings to be played on the air by a radio station also : a similar list used for organizing a personal digital music collection

Examples of playlist in a Sentence

Most of the city's DJs have added the song to their playlists.
Recent Examples on the Web Pokémon also teamed up with another hitmaker, Katy Perry, for a special 25th-anniversary playlist. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Post Malone Covered Hootie and the Blowfish for Pokémon 25 Concert and There’s Nothing You Can Do," 25 Feb. 2021 As if Fridays weren’t your favourite day already, Refinery29 will also be gathering the best new music out each week, and breaking down why each track deserves a spot on your weekend playlist. Ineye Komonibo,, "New Music To Know: It’s Personal," 22 Feb. 2021 Below, LaLa made a playlist of some of her favorite songs. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race' Queen LaLa Ri on the Music That Inspires Her, From Gospel to Cardi B," 16 Feb. 2021 Crafted With Love will send you a monthly date box with a fun theme (past themes have included reliving the awkward ‘90s and solving a crime in Hawaii), 4-5 games and activities, and a themed Spotify playlist. Lesley Chen, Chron, "15 socially distanced Valentine's Day date ideas that are romantic and safe," 5 Feb. 2021 But with fans currently not allowed in, the playlist is being picked by the players. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "With no fans, how will Wild have home-ice advantage?," 21 Jan. 2021 Raedio President Benoni Tagoe said the company was honored to create the playlist. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "Nigeria's Burna Boy featured on US inauguration playlist," 20 Jan. 2021 The playlist includes 46 songs in honor of Biden becoming the 46th President of the United States. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The Biden/Harris Inauguration Playlist Features Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Mac Miller, and More of Your Faves," 19 Jan. 2021 The playlist comes from the label founded by DJ D-Nice, Issa Rae and Benoni Tagoe, and was crafted in partnership with the Presidential Inauguration Committee. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Official Biden/Harris Inauguration Playlist Features Kendrick Lamar, Bob Marley, MF Doom, Led Zeppelin," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of playlist

1972, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Playlist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playlist

: a list of songs to be played especially by a radio station

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