follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

album

[al-buh m] /ˈæl bəm/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a phonograph record or set of records containing several musical selections, a complete play, opera, etc.:
Her album of folk songs will be out next month.
3.
the package or container for such a record or records:
The album has a pocket for each record.
4.
a printed book containing an anthology of writings, reproductions of photographs or artwork, musical compositions, etc.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; 1955-60 for def 2; < Latin: neuter singular of albus white, i.e., a blank (tablet) painted white for writing on
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for album
  • Digital-book files are tiny-much smaller than a film, and not even as big as a music album.
  • In the late seventies the music column featuring album reviews transitioned into using illustration.
  • To turn the pages of this remarkable album is to experience the look of deep cogitation as a mode of being.
  • album reissues these days entail more than a simple tune-up.
  • The album art is often as anticipated as the album itself.
  • Every day my family's digital photo album is copied to her computer.
  • Initially bands used it to raise money for studio rental and the production costs for releasing an album.
  • Asteroids, moons and comets have all been added to the stamp album.
  • While leafing through a photo album, he noticed that many children diagnosed with eye disease had a red reflex in only one eye.
  • It's akin to putting every photo in a photo album, and letting the album worry about what people see.
British Dictionary definitions for album

album

/ˈælbəm/
noun
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
3.
a booklike holder containing sleeves for gramophone records
4.
(mainly Brit) an anthology, usually large and illustrated
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: blank tablet, from albus white
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for album
n.

1650s, from Latin album "white color, whiteness," neuter of albus "white" (see alb). In classical times "a blank tablet on which the Pontifex Maximus registered the principal events of the year; a list of names." Revived 16c. by German scholars whose custom was to keep an album amicorum of colleagues' signatures; meaning then expanded into "book to collect souvenirs." According to Johnson, "a book in which foreigners have long been accustomed to insert autographs of celebrated people." Photographic albums first recorded 1859. Meaning "long-playing gramophone record" is by 1951, because the sleeves they came in resembled large albums.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for album

in ancient Rome, a whitened board on which public notices were inscribed in black. The annals compiled by the pontifex maximus (chief priest), the annual edicts of the praetor, the lists of senators and jurors, the Acta diurna (an account of daily events), and other notices were placed on albums. From this practice is derived the present English word album, meaning a book of blank pages in which autographs, sketches, photographs, or the like are collected

Learn more about album with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for album

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for album

9
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with album