vi·​nyl | \ ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

Definition of vinyl

1 : a monovalent radical CH2=CH derived from ethylene by removal of one hydrogen atom
2a : 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 nouna 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 vinyl— Jerry 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

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vinylic \ vī-​ˈni-​lik How to pronounce vinylic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vinyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mercury News CALIFORNIA CULTURE How a fire in the Inland Empire could spell doom for the worldwide vinyl LP boom. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Michael Milken’s long reinvention," 19 Feb. 2020 Patients sit in reclining vinyl chairs, pushed close together in groupings of about four throughout in a large space similar to a bus station. oregonlive, "Portland psychiatric hospital’s own faulty forecasts help explain financial crisis," 15 Feb. 2020 The soundtrack will also be released on CD on April 17 and on vinyl on May 22, if that’s your thing. Lia Beck,, "Every Single Song From," 12 Feb. 2020 Bailey has been bringing in earrings to sell — big red, gold and white vinyl designs with Mahomes’ 15 on them. Dallas News, "Deep in Cowboys country, East Texas town with Mahomes Mania is all in for the Super Bowl-bound Chiefs," 1 Feb. 2020 The Artform Studio, owned by Sherry Younge, doubles as a record store and a salon, and it’s exclusively vinyl—no Spotify in Younge’s house. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Can’t-Miss Nature Film, Music-Fueled Haircuts, and More Things to See and Do in the West This Week," 27 Jan. 2020 The vinyl revival that’s been gleefully exiling CD players off to the Island of Misfit Toys for the past several years has its pros and cons. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 In 1958, 25,000 pairs of vinyl Wilkins and Wontkins puppets were sold. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1950s Washington, Jim Henson’s Muppets sold coffee — violently," 28 Dec. 2019 Their devotees find that vinyl gives a different quality to the sound; similarly, with printing, people like the fact that letterpressed paper has a distinctive feel. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of vinyl

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vinyl

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin vinum wine

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The first known use of vinyl was in 1863

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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vinyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce vinyl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vinyl

: a plastic material that is used to make records, clothing, etc., and as a covering for floors, walls, furniture, etc.


vi·​nyl | \ ˈvī-nᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

Kids Definition of vinyl

: a substance or product (as a fiber) made from an artificial plastic


vi·​nyl | \ ˈvīn-ᵊl How to pronounce vinyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of vinyl

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

Other Words from vinyl

vinylic \ vī-​ˈnil-​ik How to pronounce vinylic (audio) \ adjective

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