Definition of magazine
1 : a place where goods or supplies are stored : warehouse
2 : a room in which powder and other explosives are kept in a fort or a ship
4a : a periodical containing miscellaneous pieces (such as articles, stories, poems) and often illustrated a fashion magazine a gardening magazine; also : such a periodical published onlineb : a similar section of a newspaper usually appearing on Sundayc : a radio or television program presenting usually several short segments on a variety of topics
5 : a supply chamber: such asa : a holder in or on a gun for cartridges (see cartridge 1) to be fed into the gun chamberb : a lightproof chamber for films or plates on a camera or for film on a motion-picture projector
Examples of magazine in a Sentence
She subscribes to several gardening magazines.
the village kept a magazine where people left common supplies
Recent Examples of magazine from the Web
Dow didn’t intend to drink the alcohol held in the city hall’s storeroom, writes Madeline Bilis for Boston magazine.
Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman Ryan Lenz told Smithsonian magazine.
This story appears in Birmingham magazine's May 2017 issue.
In an interview with the magazine British GQ, the heir to the throne opened up about his feelings about his mother’s 1997 death in a Paris car crash.
Lopez recalled Lauer's enthusiasm for his magazine's subject matter and his high visibility in the industry.
In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him one of America’s worst senators.
The folks at c't, a german computer magazine, visited the crash testing lab of German auto club ADAC to drive their Porsche into a wall at almost 30 mph.
Our moms would sit on towels on the pebbled beach, misted with sweat, paging through magazines.
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Origin and Etymology of magazine
Middle French, from Old Occitan, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse
First Known Use: 1583
MAGAZINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of magazine for English Language Learners
: 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
MAGAZINE Defined for Kids
Definition of magazine for Students
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
History for magazine
The English word magazine came from a French word with the same spelling that in turn came from an Arabic word makhāzin. Both the French and the Arabic words meant “a place where things are stored.” At first the English word had the same meaning, and it is still used in this sense. However, a later sense is now more common—that of a collection of written pieces printed at set times, the suggestion being that such collections are “storehouses of knowledge.”
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