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 Gap, founded 50 years ago in San Francisco, started as a one-store operation that sold only Levi’s jeans and vinyl records. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Already struggling retailers face a new challenge: Finding a CEO," 8 Nov. 2019 The main common area has the feel of a cozy lodge, complete with a vintage turntable and collection of vinyl records. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Sonoma County’s remote coast," 25 Oct. 2019 Think about the hard drive in a game console, spinning like a 5400-rpm vinyl record. Wired, "Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5," 8 Oct. 2019 Rick Wojcik gets ready to play a special-edition vinyl record for his customers at the Dusty Groove music store in Chicago on April 13, 2019. Brian Ries, CNN, "Record Store Day announces exclusive vinyl to pick up on Black Friday," 8 Oct. 2019 Another topic that’s new is sustainability -- the environmental impact of vinyl records. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Let's Get Physical: 2019 Making Vinyl Conference Preview," 30 Sep. 2019 White's Nashville and Detroit based Third Man Records played a huge role in detonating and furthering the last decade's vinyl record resurgence. Matt Wake |, al, "Watch Jack White record at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios," 17 Sep. 2019 The device cuts 10-inch vinyl records, which can hold about 10 to 15 minutes of audio on each side. Wired, "Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine," 10 Oct. 2019 Guyton is known for attaching shoes, clocks, vinyl records, stuffed animals and other objects to rundown homes in the neighborhood. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire guts building at Detroit’s outdoor art project," 23 Sep. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vinyl.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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