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.

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



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.).

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