1. long playing; long play:

    • a vinyl phonograph record played at 33 1/3 rpm and typically containing seven or more tracks, or one or more long classical pieces.

    • a full-length music album, typically comprised of ten to twelve songs: called LP as an evolution of the traditional long-playing record, albums in other formats are not known by the underlying expanded form, and identified only by the abbreviation.

Origin of LP

First recorded in 1945–50

Other words from LP

  • min·i-LP, noun, plural min·i-LPs, min·i-LP's.

Other definitions for L.P. (2 of 2)


  1. long primer.

  2. low pressure.

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How to use LP in a sentence

  • There was nothing in the pockets of the overcoat, but inside the hat he found pasted the initials L. P.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • There is a story that Muggins the Elder was made a baronet for having lent money to a R-y-l p-rs-n-ge.

    The Book of Snobs | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He also read the initials inside a hat lying on the grass: "L. P."

    The Golden Triangle | Maurice Leblanc
  • "M-o-t-o-r s-m-a-s-h o-n r-o-a-d h-e-l-p c-o-p-s," he spelled out.

British Dictionary definitions for LP (1 of 3)


    • a long-playing gramophone record: usually one 12 inches (30 cm) or 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter, designed to rotate at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute: Compare EP

    • (as modifier): an LP sleeve

  1. long play: a slow-recording facility on a VCR which allows twice the length of material to be recorded on a tape from that of standard play

British Dictionary definitions for LP (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. (in Britain) Lord Provost

  2. Also: lp low pressure

British Dictionary definitions for L/P (3 of 3)


/ printing /

abbreviation for
  1. letterpress

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