Definition of album in English:



  • 1A blank book for the insertion of photographs, stamps, or pictures.

    ‘the wedding pictures had pride of place in the family album’
    • ‘So start looking through your drawers and picture albums to see if you can come up with the goods!’
    • ‘You could look through a photo album or a diary of your child's birth, for example.’
    • ‘Within two minutes of taking to the road, we have already been added to several family albums.’
    • ‘At some point, the album left the ownership of the Churchill family and was found in a skip.’
    • ‘One of his greatest pastimes was looking at photo albums and books of family history.’
    • ‘We also got a phone call from the photographer last night, our wedding album is ready!’
    • ‘If your photographs are to be kept in albums to show to your friends then stay conventional.’
    • ‘The photo albums contain various photographs of me in advanced states of disrepair.’
    • ‘She shows me an album of pictures of her father and sister, neither of whom she ever met.’
    • ‘We are off for another look through the family album with a glass of Black Tower.’
    • ‘Went though my digitised photos giving them meaningful names and dates and folders like albums.’
    • ‘Once we have digital copies of the other pictures I'll add the best of those to the album too.’
    • ‘I used to watch my dad as he placed our family photos in albums like this, neatly annotating them as he went along.’
    • ‘One look at the suspect's family album ought to have wrapped up the case in seconds.’
    • ‘There are no photographs from his family album or of him performing with the famous.’
    • ‘She closed the album and set the book inside her trunk, nestling it among her clothing.’
    • ‘More cheaply, you can get a photo of your choice put on the cover of a photo album or address book.’
    • ‘We had been down there once before, showing the guards our pictures in our albums when we had first arrived.’
    • ‘When Maura met with me she carried at least five or six photo albums and bags of photographs.’
  • 2A collection of recordings issued as a single item on CD, record, or another medium.

    ‘his debut album was very much influenced by the jazz sound’
    • ‘Not a bad double album, but imagine what an amazing single album it would have made.’
    • ‘To anyone else, it should be one of the best debut albums from a rock band in the last few years.’
    • ‘These albums have been released without the knowledge or consent of the band.’
    • ‘Thousands of new albums and singles are released every year in every conceivable genre.’
    • ‘Was it the case, or is it something you were conscious of when recording the album?’
    • ‘Thousands of albums are released every year, far more than the world could possibly need.’
    • ‘This is one of the most exciting debut albums to be issued on the Waterford music scene.’
    • ‘Their debut album is due for release later this year, and the girls describe it as being unique.’
    • ‘Some tracks have been excerpted from relatively new, as well as soon to be released albums.’
    • ‘Chesney has now recorded a new album, from which the second single is due out in a few months.’
    • ‘He's a great deal smaller and thinner than he looks in photographs or on his album sleeves.’
    • ‘The only regret is that this fertile collaboration was not extended to a full album.’
    • ‘One minute I was recording my album not having a clue how well it'd do and the next it was on!’
    • ‘First albums are often collections of tracks recorded over a long period of time.’
    • ‘The only sad thing is that the process is taking longer than their debut album suggested.’
    • ‘Well, we've had a couple of line up changes and released a couple of albums.’
    • ‘Spanning four albums, this collection is an autobiography of her life over the past decade.’
    • ‘Style is all well and good for a debut, but second albums require more substance and further expansion.’
    • ‘He recorded many albums and tapes and a book of his music and tunes has also been published.’
    • ‘You recorded two albums as part of Bel Canto, which was, and still is, a rather successful band.’
    • ‘We actually have a second album that we recorded that is just sitting on the shelf.’


Early 17th century: from Latin, neuter of albus ‘white’ used as a noun meaning ‘a blank tablet’. Taken into English from the German use of the Latin phrase album amicorum ‘album of friends’ (a blank book in which autographs, drawings, poems, etc. were collected), it was originally used consciously as a Latin word.