mag·​a·​zine | \ˈma-gə-ˌzēn, ˌma-gə-ˈ\

Definition of magazine 

1a : a print periodical containing miscellaneous pieces (such as articles, stories, poems) and often illustrated a fashion magazine a gardening magazine also : such a periodical published online

b : a similar section of a newspaper usually appearing on Sunday

c : a radio or television program presenting usually several short segments on a variety of topics

2 : a place where goods or supplies are stored : warehouse

3 : a room in which powder and other explosives are kept in a fort or a ship

4 : the contents of a magazine: such as

a : an accumulation of munitions (see munition sense 2) of war

b : a stock of provisions (see provision entry 1 sense 2) or goods

5 : a supply chamber: such as

a : a holder in or on a gun for cartridges (see cartridge sense 1) to be fed into the gun chamber

b : a lightproof chamber for films or plates on a camera or for film on a motion-picture projector

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Examples of magazine in a Sentence

She subscribes to several gardening magazines. the village kept a magazine where people left common supplies

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These were just a few figures who spoke throughout the magazine’s event, which was capped off by an awards gala last night. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards Were a Stylish Celebration of Female Empowerment," 13 Nov. 2018 Early writers included Archibald MacLeish and James Agee, and the magazine would later become well known for its detailed profiles of leading business executives. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Fortune Magazine to Be Sold to Thai Businessman for $150 Million," 9 Nov. 2018 However, while Zoë is shown fully naked on the cover, Lisa's nude photos were left for inside the magazine. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Poses Nude on the Cover of Rolling Stone, Re-creating Lisa Bonet's Cover," 29 Oct. 2018 As a result, the Big Little Lies star went on to insist that her own naked picture was run as the main magazine cover in honor of Bonet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zoe Kravitz Posed Naked in 'Rolling Stone' to Honor Her Mom's Iconic Cover," 29 Oct. 2018 Campbell is best known as the long-time editor of Astounding Science Fiction (now Analog Science Fact and Fiction), one of the most influential science fiction magazines of all time. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A new Kickstarter project will publish the unpublished novel that inspired The Thing," 21 Oct. 2018 According to the Prototype Opportunity Notice posted online, the Army wants the new weapons to fire in semi-automatic and fully automatic modes and share the same ammunition magazine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Chose a New Bullet for Its New Rifles," 9 Oct. 2018 The report stated that the magazine had not corroborated that Kavanaugh was at the party in question. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump calls new Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’ stands by nominee," 2 Oct. 2018 Winners will be announced at an event and featured in a special magazine in early December., "Deadline extended for nominations for the Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of magazine

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for magazine

Middle French, from Old Occitan, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse

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English Language Learners Definition of magazine

: a type of thin book with a paper cover that contains stories, essays, pictures, etc., and that is usually published every week or month

: a radio or television program that discusses different topics

: a part of a gun that holds bullets


mag·​a·​zine | \ˈma-gə-ˌzēn \

Kids Definition of magazine

1 : a publication issued at regular intervals (as weekly or monthly)

2 : a storehouse or warehouse for military supplies

3 : a container in a gun for holding cartridges

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