a. A book with blank pages for the insertion and preservation of collections, as of stamps or photographs.
b. A collection of personal photographs or other images that are arranged for private viewing, as in book or on a computer.
a. A set of musical recordings that are issued together, usually by a single artist.
b. A phonograph record, especially a long-playing record stored in a slipcase.
3. A printed collection of musical compositions, pictures, or literary selections.
4. A tall, handsomely printed book, popular especially in the 19th century, often having profuse illustrations and short, sentimental texts.
[Latin, blank tablet, from neuter of albus, white; see albho- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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