vinyl

noun

vi·​nyl ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio)
1
: a monovalent radical CH2=CH derived from ethylene by removal of one hydrogen atom
2
a
: a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (such as a resin or a textile fiber) made from such a polymer
often used before another noun
a house with vinyl sidingvinyl tiles/flooring
b(1)
: vinyl used as a material for phonograph records
a vinyl record
… 1970's revolutionary record "Wake the Town," the first "rap" song ever released on vinyl. [=as a phonograph record]Rob Kenner
The opening multimedia bonanza also features … reissues of the band's 13 studio albums on vinylJerry McCulley
(2)
: phonograph records recorded on vinyl
a shop selling vintage vinyl
The owner of the company … said GZ Media produced 300,000 records in 1994, but, with the global resurgence in the popularity of vinyl, it expects to produce 20 million this year.Rick Lyman
These are people who … listen to vinyl at home.John King
vinylic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are also a couple of thousand vinyl records for sale in the store. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 24 Jan. 2023 Stand by for a proud parenting moment: My kids have gotten into vinyl records. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 19 Jan. 2023 When Anthony Albanese was elected as prime minister of Australia in 2022, the two leaders swapped vinyl records for the cameras. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 19 Jan. 2023 As the vinyl records and CDs were changed between songs, a panel of singers whose recordings were featured during the event shared the history behind the tunes and the composers who wrote them. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2023 Maybe mom likes some of those special things from her era, like vinyl records and analog cameras. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 14 Jan. 2023 Downstairs where hardcore crate diggers could spend hours riffling through bins of discounted records, there are still plenty of vinyl records that could use good homes. cleveland, 5 Jan. 2023 People still enjoy riding horses, vinyl records made a comeback, and my grandchildren text me frequently. Robert Rosofsky, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Dec. 2022 In the billiards room, people can take vinyl records, from Bob Marley to Taylor Swift, off the wall display and play them; they were chosen by founding members. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin vinum wine

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinyl was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Vinyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vinyl. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

vinyl

noun
vi·​nyl ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio)
1
: a chemical obtained from ethylene by the removal of one hydrogen atom
2
: a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (as a textile fiber) made from such a polymer

Medical Definition

vinyl

noun
vi·​nyl ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio)
1
: a monovalent radical CH2=CH derived from ethylene by removal of one hydrogen atom
2
: a polymer of a vinyl compound or a product (as a resin or a textile fiber) made from one
vinylic adjective

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