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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book with blank pages for the insertion and preservation of collections, as of stamps or photographs.
  • n. A phonograph record, especially a long-playing record stored in a slipcase.
  • n. A set of musical recordings stored together in jackets under one binding.
  • n. The bound set of jackets for such a set.
  • n. A recording of different musical pieces.
  • n. A printed collection of musical compositions, pictures, or literary selections.
  • n. A tall, handsomely printed book, popular especially in the 19th century, often having profuse illustrations and short, sentimental texts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A book specially designed to keep photographs, stamps, or autographs.
  • n. A jacket for a phonograph record; an album cover.
  • n. A phonograph record.
  • n. A group of audio recordings, on any medium, intended for distribution as a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white tablet on which anything was inscribed, as a list of names, etc.
  • n. A register for visitors' names; a visitors' book.
  • n. A blank book, in which to insert autographs, sketches, memorial writing of friends, photographs, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a white tablet, on which the names of public officers and records of public transactions were written, and which was put up in a public place.
  • n. A book consisting of blank leaves variously prepared for special purposes, as for the reception or preservation of autographs, photographs, verses, “sentiments,” etc.
  • n. A book expensively printed or bound, containing short selections of poetry or prose, usually illustrated, and intended as a gift or an ornament.
  • n. In law, white (silver) money paid as rent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audiotape and compact disc
  • n. a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc

Etymologies

Latin, blank tablet, from neuter of albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin album ("blank white writing tablet"), from albus ("white"). (Wiktionary)

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