[ al-buhm ]
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    • a bound or loose-leaf book consisting of blank pages, pockets, envelopes, etc., for storing or displaying photographs, stamps, or the like, or for collecting autographs.

    • a digital collection of photographs, stored on a computer or mobile device for viewing, displaying, or sharing.

    • a record or set of records containing several musical selections, a complete play or opera, etc.:Her album of folk songs will be out next month.

    • the package or container for such a record or records: The album has a pocket for each record.

    • a collection of audio recordings released together as a collected work: The digital release of their debut album sold more copies than expected.

  1. a printed book containing an anthology of writings, reproductions of photographs or artwork, musical compositions, etc.

Origin of album

First recorded in 1610–20; 1955–60 for def. 2; from Latin: neuter singular of albus “white,” i.e., a blank (tablet) painted white for writing on

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How to use album in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for album


/ (ˈælbəm) /

  1. a book or binder consisting of blank pages, pockets, or envelopes for keeping photographs, stamps, autographs, drawings, poems, etc

  2. one or more CDs, cassettes, or long-playing records released as a single item

  1. a booklike holder containing sleeves for gramophone records

  2. mainly British an anthology, usually large and illustrated

Origin of album

C17: from Latin: blank tablet, from albus white

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