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
Recent Examples on the Web This finding may lead to a downward trend and the eventual loss of North American ash trees altogether, Elizabeth Pennisi reports for Science magazine. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Invasive Pest Threatens Future of North American Ash Trees," 25 Sep. 2020 In a video for Time magazine, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, formerly Meghan Markle, called on Americans to vote in the upcoming November election. Washington Post, "President Trump wishes Prince Harry ‘luck’ and says he’s not a ‘fan’ of Meghan after their U.S. election video," 24 Sep. 2020 It was shot with Diddy for GQ magazine and in a video for the band Muse. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "A Classic Lamborghini That Needs Its Own Talent Agent," 22 Sep. 2020 Smalls' iconic photoshoot for Rap Pages magazine, emblazoned on T-shirts, stickers and art honoring the late rapper, almost didn't happen. Morgan Smith,, "Notorious B.I.G.'s $6 Plastic Crown Sells for Nearly $600K at Auction," 16 Sep. 2020 Still, although the virus originally came to humans from an animal, very few animals have been recorded having it, Natasha Daly reports for the latest National Geographic magazine. National Geographic, "Who's your new roommate?," 27 Aug. 2020 Such growth has caught the attention of Kevin Murphy, who reports on the industry for Forbes magazine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Local colleges are going to pot," 5 Aug. 2020 What’s more, the U.S. ranks 32nd out of 36 countries in its response to the pandemic, according to a new index by Foreign Policy Analytics, the data research arm of Foreign Policy magazine. Andres Oppenheimer, Star Tribune, "Kenya handled COVID better, Finland's folks are happier, but U.S. still is strong," 15 Sep. 2020 This story appears in the October 2020 issue of National Geographic magazine. National Geographic, "NASA sent a map to space to help aliens find Earth. Now it needs an update.," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of magazine was in 1583

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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magazine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce magazine (audio)

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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