fan·zine | \ˈfan-ˌzēn \

Definition of fanzine 

: a magazine written by and for fans a sci-fi fanzine a punk rocker with her own fanzine

Examples of fanzine in a Sentence

a musician with her own fanzine

Recent Examples on the Web

The whole fanzine culture, Gerard Cosloy [the editor of Conflict], was snarky and sarcastic, like Mad Magazine gone hipster, with music. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Stephen Malkmus Doesn’t Think He Was a Jerk," 14 May 2018 But a former Imagineer involved in the development of the attraction told the now-defunct fanzine E-Ticket that even Walt himself had some reservations about the scene. Lorraine Ali,, "About Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean bride auction redo and why people hate it and love it," 14 June 2018 Vonda McIntyre and Joanna Russ both singled this story out in fanzines in the late ’60s and ’70s, and said this is the story that made them realize there was no place for women in the field. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "How Hard Could It Be to Repopulate the Planet?," 12 May 2018 God Is in the TV, a music fanzine based in Britain. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Return of the ’80s! Synth-Pop Bands Stage a Middle-Aged Comeback," 11 Oct. 2017 All of your heroes were there, sharing flyers, tapes, fanzines, stickers. Andy Gensler, Billboard, "Foo Fighters To Play Opening Of The Anthem, Washington D.C.'s New Venue: Exclusive," 12 June 2017 The spirit of DIY publishing that grew out of the Mimeograph Revolution flourished into the 1980s, when handmade fanzines permeated the punk music scene and feminist movements. National Geographic, "How an Obsolete Copy Machine Started a Revolution," 24 June 2016 Like a fanzine on film, The Slog Movie has an intimate backstage/on stage feel. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "RE/Search Newsletter 106," 6 July 2012

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fanzine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fanzine

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fanzine

fan entry 3 + magazine

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fanzine

Dictionary Entries near fanzine








Statistics for fanzine

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fanzine

The first known use of fanzine was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fanzine



English Language Learners Definition of fanzine

: a magazine that is written by and for people who are fans of a particular person, group, etc.

More from Merriam-Webster on fanzine

See words that rhyme with fanzine

Britannica English: Translation of fanzine for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fanzine

What made you want to look up fanzine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!