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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Other Words from vinyl

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

Examples of vinyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Independent store vinyl album sales: 444,000 – up 97% compared to previous week. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Record Store Day's September Drop Brings Big Gains for U.S. Vinyl Album Sales," 8 Oct. 2020 This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s," 13 Sep. 2020 Through mid-March, data from Nielsen Music showed vinyl sales up over 40%. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Vinyl sales rock on in spite of Covid-19," 21 Aug. 2020 Store and label representatives say vinyl’s upward trend was poised to continue in 2020; indeed, before the pandemic hit, sales were up 45 percent year-to-date from 2019, according to Billboard. Tyler Aquilina,, "Will vinyl survive the pandemic?," 23 June 2020 In addition to vintage goods, vinyl records, visual art, handmade crafts and other gift items for sale, there will be live music, the bar will be open and food trucks will be there. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 24 Sep. 2020 Data from Billboard also suggests that Americans are feeling the nostalgia of vinyl. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Vinyl records outsell CDs for the first time since the '80s amid the pandemic," 12 Sep. 2020 The flooring is going to be a new type of vinyl in every unit. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Renovations, upgrades mark new look at Boardwalk Town Center apartments in The Woodlands," 3 Sep. 2020 My father was an avid collector of vinyl and such a lover of music that, at such a young age, I was blessed with his same love for all music. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hip-hop DJ Kuttin Kandi’s passion for music helps her hit the right notes in her life," 29 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vinyl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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