[ pley-list ]
/ ˈpleɪˌlɪst /


a list of the recordings to be played on the radio during a particular program or time period, often including their sequence, duration, etc.
Digital Technology. an electronic file containing a list of audio or video files that can be played back on a media player sequentially or in random order: to create a playlist of your favorite songs.

Nearby words

  1. playing cards,
  2. playing field,
  3. playing trick,
  4. playland,
  5. playlet,
  6. playmaker,
  7. playmate,
  8. playoff,
  9. playpen,
  10. playreader

Origin of playlist

First recorded in 1960–65; play + list1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for play-list


/ (ˈpleɪˌlɪst) /


a list of records chosen for playing, as on a radio station
a list of tracks to be played in a particular order on an MP3 player or CD player


(tr) to put (a song or record) on a playlist
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Word Origin and History for play-list



also playlist, 1975 in the radio station sense, from play (v.) + list (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper