1 mass noun Synthetic resin or plastic consisting of polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer, used for wallpapers and other covering materials and for gramophone records.
1.1 Vinyl used as the standard material for records.
1.2 count noun A vinyl record.
2 Chemistry
as modifier Of or denoting the unsaturated hydrocarbon radical —CH=CH₂, derived from ethylene by removal of a hydrogen atom.

Mid 19th century from Latin vinum ‘wine’ + -yl.


Calvin calmly sipped his well-aged wine while listening to his treasured vinyl, spinning at exactly 33⅓ revolutions per minute on his precise turntable. He actually had no clue there was an etymological link between his recorded music and expensive wine.


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