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

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


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 it was originally used consciously as a Latin word with Latin inflections.