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 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.
the package or container for such a record or records: The album has a pocket for each record.
a printed book containing an anthology of writings, reproductions of photographs or artwork, musical compositions, etc.

1645–55; 1955–60 for def 2; < Latin: neuter singular of albus white, i.e., a blank (tablet) painted white for writing on Unabridged
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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
3.  a booklike holder containing sleeves for gramophone records
4.  chiefly (Brit) an anthology, usually large and illustrated
[C17: from Latin: blank tablet, from albus white]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from L. album, neut. of albus "white" (see alb). In classical times "a blank tablet on which the prætor's edicts and other public matters were inscribed." 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 from 1957, because the sleeves they came in resembled large albums.
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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

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Example sentences
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.
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