Definition of MP3 in English:


Line breaks: MP3
Pronunciation: /ɛmpiːˈθriː


[mass noun]
  • 1A means of compressing a sound sequence into a very small file, to enable digital storage and transmission.
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    • Here is an mp3 file of the first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in its original form.
    • Users can also download the audio portion and listen to the mp3 file on a portable audio device.
    • The MP3 format for digital music has had, and will continue to have, a huge impact on how people collect, listen to and distribute music.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A file in MP3 format: technicalities aside, ripping your own MP3s is easy [as modifier]: an MP3 file
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    • The answer: just turn the whole thing into one MP3.
    • Someone Googled me this morning looking for this very MP3.
    • You won't find videos, MP3s, or other flashy media on the site's bare-bones profile pages.


1990s: from MPEG + Audio Layer-3.

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