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.
a book or binder consisting of blank pages, pockets, or envelopes for keeping photographs, stamps, autographs, drawings, poems, etc
one or more CDs, cassettes, or long-playing records released as a single item
a booklike holder containing sleeves for gramophone records
(mainly Brit) an anthology, usually large and illustrated

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.


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