mag·​a·​zine | \ ˈma-gə-ˌzēn How to pronounce magazine (audio) , ˌma-gə-ˈzēn\

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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Walter Mitty develops photos for a magazine but escapes the tedium through heroic daydreams. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Police also said Legan had a 75-round drum magazine for his rifle, of which 71 rounds were left. Chelcey Adami, USA TODAY, "Gilroy festival gunman had passport, clown mask, survival guide in car at time of shooting," 9 Aug. 2019 Clinton wrote in an op-ed published online Thursday for Time magazine. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Bill Clinton calls on lawmakers to reinstate assault weapons ban," 8 Aug. 2019 Mitchell was also one of the youngest photographers to ever shoot for the legendary fashion magazine. Amanda Mitchell, Teen Vogue, "The National Portrait Gallery Is Adding Beyoncé’s September 2018 "Vogue" Cover to Its Collection," 7 Aug. 2019 Altogether, THE Journal, a magazine that covers K-12 educational technology, estimates that the STEM toy market will grow 10 percent by 2021. Luke Winkie, Vox, "From build-your-own robots to computer programming 101, STEM toys are flooding the market.," 7 Aug. 2019 Shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell, the image was the first cover shot by an African-American for the magazine back in September 2018. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Beyoncé Vogue portrait added to Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection," 7 Aug. 2019 Police say the shooter in Dayton was equipped with an AR-15 style gun and a 100-round magazine. Author: Julie Carr Smyth, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms," 7 Aug. 2019 At the nonprofit’s headquarters center on Notre Dame Avenue in South Bend, a man in the lobby bounces a baby girl on his knee while reading a magazine. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "South Bend at center of abortion debate as unlicensed clinic supported by Mayor Pete Buttigieg is allowed to open via court injunction," 6 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce magazine (audio) \

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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